Court has stripped father of parental rights

By John Aguilar
Camera Staff Writer

Scott Kimball’s Adams County rental property, at 14701 Huron St., where his 10-year-old son suffered serious injuries. (Paul Aiken / Camera)

Other than slight vision problems in his left eye, Scott Kimball’s older son is perfectly healthy today.

The boy, now 16 and a sophomore in high school, has fully recovered from the critical injuries he suffered in the summer of 2004, though he stays off the athletic field so as to avoid another head injury.

“If you took a look at him today, you would never know,” said Larissa Hentz, Kimball’s ex-wife and the mother of his two sons.

What he hasn’t recovered from is the thought that his father tried to kill him to collect the life insurance, Hentz said.

“He’s been trying to grapple with that for years,” she said. “He was just part of his dad’s money-motivated sickness.”

A court has since stripped Kimball of his parental rights, and Hentz won’t allow her boys to visit their father.

Kimball denies trying to kill his son.

“If I have any regrets, it’s that I let my kids down,” he told Fox 31 News in an interview broadcast earlier this month.

Hentz said the 2004 accident shocked her because Kimball had always been a good father and never physically abused their sons.

Even after Hentz got a restraining order against Kimball in 1998, she wrote a Spokane, Wash., court in support of his right to continue seeing their children.

“He has shown great enthusiasm towards the boys and has been an active part of their lives,” she wrote. “The boys thoroughly enjoy having their father around on a more regular basis and I know he loves spending time with them.”

Kimball, in arguing for “unfettered” access to his sons, wrote to the court that he was an attentive father. He said he rose early in the morning to take his boys to day care, took them on family trips to Utah and Idaho, and stayed home with them when they were sick with ear infections or the chicken pox.

He recalled the family’s latest Easter together.

Both parents “stayed up to late in the evening, dying Easter eggs for the boys and hiding them,” Kimball wrote. “We spent the night together and did the Easter egg hunt the following morning.”

Now, Hentz said, their older son is an avid reader of John Grisham novels and has developed an interest in becoming a lawyer. Their younger son is rowdy and loves to play football.

Both boys still think of their father, Hentz said.

“But they don’t talk about him much anymore,” she said.

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