BEAUMONT – In May, the Owners of Kinsel Motors sued a family for allegedly verbally assaulting them in public and attempting to alienate them and their minor daughter.
However, the defendants named in the suit tell a different story, contending Craig and Keely Kinsel repeatedly attempted to force their minor daughter to have an abortion against her will and then tossed her out on the street when she failed to comply.
Represented by Mostyn Law, the Kinsels filed suit against Matthew and Brandy Peavy and their minor son (the father of the unborn child) on May 15 in Jefferson County District Court.
According to the petition, the Peavys sought to alienate the Kinsels’ minor daughter from them. On May 12, the defendants allegedly verbally assaulted the plaintiffs and their daughter in public, issuing a series of threats and defamatory remarks.
The defendants also allegedly threatened to defame and interrupt the Kinsels’ dealership business and gave false and misleading information to police.
On June 21, the Peavys answered the Kinsels’ lawsuit, asserting a general denial and contending Keely and Craig Kinsel “violated and abused their pregnant, minor daughter by repeated verbal and physical attempts to force their daughter to have an unwanted abortion in violation of her constitutionally and legally protected right to choose.”
The Peavys contend the Kinsels transported the expectant mother to a Houston abortionist against her will, even though their minor daughter was threatening suicide if they were successful in forcing her to abort her unborn child.
The answer states the minor sought help from parties unrelated to the Peavys and signed documents and letters declaring her intent to carry the baby to term, which she presented to her parents.
“Craig Kinsel wadded up and discarded the letter and derided his daughter,” the answer states. “Keely Kinsel immediately began exploring options for abortion and made an appointment to abort her unborn grandchild.
“The Kinsels, with specific intent to commit a forced abortion, kidnapped their minor daughter and attempted aggravated sexual assault of their minor daughter. By their conduct, Keely and Craig Kinsel attempted capital murder.”
An injunction stopped the abortion from being carried out in Houston. The answer states the Kinsels then attempted to regroup and transport their daughter to Austin to force the abortion.
Still adamantly refusing to go through with it, the couple’s minor daughter walked away from her parents and took “refuge” in a Cracker Barrel in Baytown.
“Once inside the restaurant, the expectant mother made an urgent, desperate outcry and plea for help to whomever would listen, asking that they call 911 and informing them that her parents were trying to force her to have an abortion,” the answer states.
“Because her parents had confiscated her cell phone immediately upon being informed of her pregnancy, Keely and Craig Kinsel’s minor daughter borrowed a cell phone. She called one of the Peavys and communicated her urgent, desperate plea for help. One or more members of the Peavy family responded by travelling to the Cracker Barrel in Baytown, Harris County, Texas at which the expectant mother had taken refuge.
“Whatever interchange occurred between the Kinsels and Peavys at that location was triggered by Craig Kinsel’s unprovoked, insulting remark to Brandy Peavy. There was no physical violence and there was no physical aggression by any of the Peavy family against anyone.”
Afterwards, the Kinsels told their minor daughter they would transport her to Florida as an alternative. When that failed, the couple attempted to have their daughter placed in an in-patient mental facility. After failing in both efforts, the Kinsels returned home.
“While with her parents, Keely and Craig Kinsel’s minor daughter overheard her parent’s plans to sue the Peavys,” the answer states. “After the Kinsels’ minor daughter asked the Kinsels not to sue the Peavys, Craig Kinsel stated, on at least three occasions, that his minor daughter should do the things necessary to abort her unborn child ‘and it will all be over with.’”
Shortly after arriving at their home, Keely and Craig Kinsel expelled their pregnant daughter.
“Craig Kinsel opened the gate and put his pregnant daughter on the street,” the answer states. “After she was expelled from her home, Keely and Craig Kinsel’s minor daughter made another outcry and another urgent plea for help to one or more of the Peavys. They responded by driving near the Kinsel’s home and allowing Keely and Craig Kinsel’s minor daughter into their automobile.
“Keely and Craig Kinsel’s minor daughter was on the street. None of the Peavys entered any of the Kinsel property when responding to the Kinsels’ pregnant, minor daughter’s plea for help.”
The Peavys are represented by Beaumont attorney Dana Timaeus, who issued the following statement to the Record:
“At the heart of this case, there is a young couple working their way through a difficult situation. The young woman’s parents (the Kinsels) made the situation more difficult by suing the young man and his parents (the Peavys). The Peavys are not disposable or expendable people. They are not easily intimidated and are unwilling to become collateral damage in a larger, much more ominous struggle.”
On top of exemplary damages, the Kinsels are suing for their mental anguish and attorney’s fees.
Mostyn Law attorney Mark Sparks represents them.
Case No. E-0200037