Child custody hearing held for Kimbley parents

Published: Sep. 7, 2012 at 7:55 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2012 at 7:55 PM CDT
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David Kimbley. (Source: Smith County Jail)
David Kimbley. (Source: Smith County Jail)
Sabrina Kimbley. (Source: Smith County Jail)
Sabrina Kimbley. (Source: Smith County Jail)

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The parents of two-year-old Jake Kimbley, whose body was found in a septic tank behind his family's home just hours after he was reported missing, were in court Friday for a custody hearing on the remaining five living children.

David and Sabrina Kimbley, who are both held in the Smith County Jail, were denied access to their children in court on Friday.

The Kimbleys were also denied possessory conservatorship, which would've allowed them to retain legal rights to their children and allowed them to communicate with the kids.

The presiding judge, Judge Carole Clark said if the parents had possessory conservatorship, it would endanger the children. She continued that it was in the best interest of the kids to remain in foster care.

Matt Thigpen, an attorney working on the case says the decision is temporary, and the Kimbleys will have another custody hearing in about a month.

A second attorney working on the case, Cameron Castleberry says a man who lives out-of-state took part in the hearing by phone. Castleberry says that man is the biological father of one of the Kimbley's children.

Attorneys say the out-of-state man is being considered as a possible placement alternative for the one child.

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