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Klapheke family speaks about CPS investigation

By Michelle Frizalone, mfrizalone@ktxs.com
Published On: Oct 18 2012 07:38:21 PM CDT
Updated On: Jan 27 2014 03:17:32 PM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

Tiffany Klapheke's adoptive mother and her husband who live in Kentucky are outraged by the recent allegations about CPS's handling of their granddaughter's death investigation.

"It's appalling. I knew that there were referrals that had been made. Tiffany had been open with me about that and to find out that six days earlier someone could have gone out there and Tamryn would still be alive right now," Tiffany Klapheke's adopted mother, Tina Romano said.

Romano is referring to CPS closing an 11-month investigation of Klapheke household six days before the death of her 22-month-old grandchild, Tamryn Klapheke.

"It's just devastating to me," Romano said. "I'm angry and I'm just disgusted."

The question still remains: would Tamryn Klapheke still be alive if CPS had gone out earlier?

According to CPS reports, the agency hadn't gone out to check on the family since September of 2011.

On Sept. 29th, 2011 CPS had written the 'deceased child has fallen from 5% to 2% on the growth chart' suggesting the child was malnourished.

"Even when they did check prior to a year ago, they would call ahead. Why would you call ahead to a young family that has had referrals made by various people and professional people? Why would you call ahead and give a warning? What would be the purpose of that? I think you're setting that family up to fail," Romano said.

Tina Romano said she even filed a referral to CPS.

Tiffany Klahpeke remains in the Taylor County Jail charged with three counts of injury to a child.

She is being held on a $500,000 bond.