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KLAPHEKE CASE: CPS supervisors put on emergency leave because of Abilene police investigation

By Ariana Garza, Weekend Anchor/Crime & Courts Reporter, agarza@ktxs.com
Published On: Oct 19 2012 05:28:22 PM CDT
Updated On: Jan 27 2014 03:18:54 PM CST


ABILENE, Texas -

Three Child Protective Services supervisors who are being investigated by Abilene police were placed on emergency leave Friday.

Program Director Bit Whitaker, Investigation Supervisor Barbara McDaniel and ex-Program Director Gretchen Denny are being investigated by police for possibly tampering with or fabricating evidence in the joint investigation of the Aug. 28 death of 22-month-old Tamryn Klapheke at Dyess Air Force Base. Denny stepped out of her role as a supervisor Oct. 1 to become a resolution specialist.

"Effective this date I am placing you on Emergency Leave pending the results of the criminal investigation being conducted by the Abilene Police Department," Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Howard Baldwin wrote to the three in individual memos. 

DFPS spokesman Patrick Crimmins said the three will receive pay while on emergency leave.

"While on Emergency Leave you must remain accessible by phone to me, CPS Field Director Colleen McCall and Acting Regional Director Camille Gilliam during regular working hours.  During this time you will be considered on alternate work assignment and may be recalled to regular or alternate duties."

Acting Regional Director Camille Gilliam will now oversee the Abilene office in the interim.