Grieving Father Arrested After Seeking Vengeance for 7-Year-Old Son's Death

Vigilante justice. Once in a while, it works out for the vengeance seeker -- such as for the Texas dad who beat a man to death after he caught him trying to molest his 4-year-old. The father was never charged. Most of the time, however, it does not. Someone does something terrible, you do something terrible back, and you're both in prison, or only you are. That whole two wrongs don't make a right thing that we all learned in first grade.

In the case of Alabama dad Kenneth Kendrick Sims, it's perfectly understandable why he'd want to allegedly go after a relative with a gun and knife. It was because he had reason to believe that the relative was responsible for the death of his 7-year-old son, J’Duan Hill. As we read about so often, little J'Duan found a gun in a home. And while playing with it, he shot and killed himself. J'Duan's father, Sims, decided to get revenge on the relative who he believed owned the gun that killed his son.

Officers had to respond twice within 24 hours to a home in Mobile, Alabama. First, when little J'Duan was playing in the home of relatives and discovered a gun that was hidden away. He placed it to his head, pulled the trigger, and killed himself.

Not long afterward, police were called again. This time, J'Duan's dad had shown up with his own gun and also a knife. He was looking for the relative who owned the gun that had killed his boy.

Two other relatives obtained cuts while trying to get the grieving dad to leave. Then outside the home, another fight started and Sims ended up firing, hitting a relative -- though it's unclear if it was the relative he had originally come for.

So now Sims is in jail on assault charges -- while the relative with the gun is free because police believe the child's death was an accident and won't file charges. See how vengeance works?

I can't blame the dad one bit for his feelings. He must have been absolutely enraged and grief-stricken. You send your kid to a relative's home, you expect your child to be safe. You expect if there are guns in the home, they are locked away or at least not loaded. I do not know the gun laws in Mobile, Alabama, but apparently whatever happened was not illegal.

But coming after someone with a knife and gun deliberately is. And now Sims will have to spend his time grieving his child in jail. Hopefully, he will be shown some mercy given the circumstances.

Do you think the dad should have been arrested? What about the relative?


Image via Mobile County Sheriff's Office

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nonmember avatar Sabrina

Wait so the relative that owned the gun wasn't held liable for neglible homicide? If you allow a child into your home your are responsible for securing your guns. Just like you are responsible for having a fence and taking reasonable caution if you own a pool. This is ridiculous, the dad should have the charges dropped, after all he didn't hurt anyone. He needs therapy and his relative needs to go to prison.

JS0512 JS0512

Totally agree with Sabrina.

LeeshaE LeeshaE

Agree with Sabrina as well although it does sound like the Dad hurt some people he was crazy with grief and its not like he killed anybody. Its complete BS that they are not going to charge the gun owner, which may be what set off the father, know it would set me off and bring out the crazy.


He should be released on the grounds of needing grief therapy.  Clearly, he was extremely upset.  He snapped.  Is the Insanity Law a real thing?  I feel bad for him and the child's mother.  I have no sympathy for the owner of the gun--yes, that person should be held liable.

Frost... FrostyMelted

If the dad cared so much why didn't he bother to make sure his child was entering a safe environment?

Karen Nazareth Da Silva

@Frosty...since when do you go to a relative's home and leave your kids outside waiting while you raid every corner of the house to make sure it's safe?!?...What is that??? You don't do that?!?!? I guess you don't love your kids then, huh?....Don't sound stupid!!!!

This dad loved his kid beyond belief...FINALLY we see a story that it's not the parent harming and killing their's a parent showing (in a much too extreme way, of course) that he LOVED his child! As long as nobody else got killed, I hope they let him go and get therapy...

I'm so sorry for your loss, mr. Sims!


nonmember avatar Sara


Are you SERIOUS! Blame the victim, as usual. I hope an accident never happens to one of your kids because you didn't check the house from top to bottom and then have people say that to you!

When I send my kids to family, I trust them enough to not have a loaded gun laying around. Then again, most of my family don't like/have guns. The family member should be charged.

Elisha R Hughes

@frosty... When I read your comment all I could think in my head is your an idiot.

nonmember avatar The Corey

I can't blame the dad, Frosty is mentally deficient, and I would have done the same, or more. That was a very blatant lack of responsibility on the unnamed relatives behalf. I would have sought blood, too, if I were in that position. But unlike Mr. Sims I wouldn't have stopped until I got what I had come for. I don't see my boy very much, but if anyone dared harm him there would be Hell to pay, and I would seek to collect that debt with extreme predjudice.

Connie04 Connie04

The dad should be released or at least be dealt with very lightly because he wasn't in his right mind. I can't imagine his pain.

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