The same couple, David James Kimbley, 39, and his wife, Sabrina Kimbley, 28, also is under investigation for capital murder in the death of their 2-year-old son in August.
Kimbley and his wife are each charged with 13 counts of child endangerment, state jail felonies. Both Kimbleys were in the Smith County 241st District Court for a pretrial hearing on Monday and their child endangerment trial is set to begin March 18.
Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham said on Nov. 14 that the pair is still under investigation for capital murder because their 2-year-old son, Jacob Kimbley was found dead in a septic tank at the family home on Aug. 22.
The body was recovered after an exhaustive search, which used dogs, multiple law enforcement agencies, ALERT Academy members and heat-seeking helicopters. The child was reported missing Aug. 21.
The couple's remaining children were removed and placed in CPS custody from the home in the 20000 block of Farm-to-Market Road 16 that law enforcement said was one of the most “disgusting homes” they had ever been inside.
Officials said the home's roach infestation was so severe the bugs were falling from the ceiling onto officers as they searched for evidence on a search warrant obtained on Aug. 22.
According to the court documents, David Kimbley was arrested in 2003 for driving while intoxicated, but no criminal history was found on his wife. The same documents also state that the Kimbleys refused to allow their remaining children to be interviewed by child psychologists.
In addition to the investigation of his parents, the child's grandfather, Leo Harber, was arrested Aug. 22 for violating probation as a registered sex offender by living next to children at the location.
Bingham said the FBI, Smith County Sheriff's Office, Texas Rangers and Department of Public Safety along with his office and CPS are investigating the case. Autopsy results on the child's body were inconclusive. Officials at the scene in August said the body appeared to have been submerged for quite some time.