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KLAPHEKE CASE: Mother of deceased Dyess toddler indicted on three child injury charges

By Ariana Garza, Weekend Anchor/Crime & Courts Reporter, agarza@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 13 2012 09:33:49 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 27 2014 03:25:56 PM CST
Tiffany Klapheke

Tiffany Klapheke, 23, was arrested in August 2012 after she called 911 and first responders found her toddler – Tamryn – unresponsive on Dyess Air Force Base.

She is charged with first-degree felony injury to a child. If convicted, she could be sentenced from five to 99 years – or life – in prison.

ABILENE, Texas -

A Taylor County grand jury on Thursday indicted the mother allegedly responsible for the death of 22-month-old Tamryn Klapheke on three felony counts of injury to a child.

Tiffany Klapheke, 22, was booked into the Taylor County Jail Aug. 29 after Dyess Air Force Base and Abilene police responded to her 911 call and discovered Tamryn was unresponsive in her Dyess home Aug. 28. A preliminary autopsy showed Tamryn was severely malnourished, dehydrated and had suffered chemical burns from her own waste. 

Tamryn's two sisters, Tatum and Taberlee, suffered similar injuries and were hospitalized.

Tiffany Klapheke, 22, is currently jailed on $500,000 bond.

Her husband, Thomas, was deployed in the Middle East at the time of the toddler's death and filed for divorce after he returned.

Testimony in a military hearing for Klapheke's live-in boyfriend, 23-year-old Senior Airman Christopher Perez, revealed Perez moved in to the home after Thomas deployed and that he was living there at the time of the toddler's death.

Perez is charged by the military with adultery, failure to report child abuse or neglect and child endangerment. Perez could undergo court martial if Dyess 7th Bomb Wing Commander Col. Glen VanHerck decides to move forward.