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Abilene mother arrested after one daughter dies, two others were injured

By Ariana Garza, Weekend Anchor/Crime & Courts Reporter, agarza@ktxs.com
Published On: Aug 30 2012 04:15:15 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 30 2012 06:37:41 PM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

An Abilene mother is facing three counts of felony injury to a child after one daughter was pronounced dead and two others were injured.

According to family in Lexington, Kentucky, 22-month old Tamryn Klapheke died as a result of severe neglect.

Her mother, Tiffany Klapheke, 21, a military dependent to an Air Force member stationed at Dyess Air Force Base and who is currently deployed, was arrested on the charges early Wednesday. She is being held on $500,000 bond.

Police believe the injuries and death may be related to severe neglect.

According to the Abilene Police Department, a distressed Klapheke called dispatch at 3:56 p.m. Tuesday. APD was able to figure out the call came from a home in the 100 block of Washington Loop at the Dyess Air Force Base.

APD contacted Dyess Security Forces who asked APD for back up once they discovered an unresponsive child at the residence.

The 22-month-old girl was taken by ambulance to Abilene Regional Medical Center. She was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Bryan Smith. An autopsy has been ordered.

According to detectives, two other female children -- ages 6 months and three years -- were also living at the home at the time of the distress call. They were taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries. One is reported to have sustained serious bodily injury. Both have been care-flighted to Cook Children's Medical Center in Ft. Worth for treatment.

Police are continuing to investigate.

 Wednesday afternoon, Colonel Glen VanHerck, Commander of Dyess Air Force Base, released this statement: "The loss of a team Dyess member and especially one so young is an extremely tragic thing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and all of team Dyess. We will continue to support and help comfort all who have been impacted by this tragic event."