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'Only the children know' says Jake Kimbley's grandmother

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SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

The complete autopsy of an East Texas toddler found dead in his family's septic tank is expected to be released by Wednesday. 

Jake Kimbley, age two, was found in the tank early Wednesday morning. Since the investigation into Jake's death began, CPS has removed five other children living in the house. 

Laura Harber, Jake's grandmother, said in an interview last week that she believes it was a "child's game gone bad." She says she believes only Jake's siblings know what happened to him.

"I may not be able to kiss him in person, but I can kiss him this way," said Harber holding a picture of Jake. 

It's been nearly a week since Harber's grandson, Jake, was found dead in a septic-tank behind his home. His grandmother says he and his siblings were playing hide-and-go-seek. She says it was then, something went terribly wrong. 

"I honestly can't say," she said. "I mean they're kids. You know they were all just playing. I honestly don't know what happened. Only the kids know. 

Authorities removed five children from the home, citing, unsafe living conditions.

"In the home, as we put in our motion, had severe roach infestation, there were environmental hazards in that home that we believe pose a serious risk to the remaining children if they should live in the home," said Matt Bingham, Smith County District Attorney.  

"It's not even anywhere near what anybody said," said Harber. "She's [Sabrina Kimbley, Jake's mother] a good mom and she keeps the house cleaned up I mean until this tragic hit. But a family of eight, you're going to have a lot of laundry. That's just all there is to it. You're going to have a lot of dishes, but it was clean until the police came in and destroyed it." 

As the case unfolds, authorities work to find the truth as to what happened to Jake. His grandmother looks to Jake's photograph, as a reminder to keep going. 

"It was his smile that could get him out of everything and it did get him out of everything," she said. "He was a beautiful boy." 

On Thursday afternoon at 1:30, a routine child custody hearing will be held regarding what rights the Kimbley's have to their remaining five children.
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