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Report completed on Dyess airman charged for failing to report neglect before child died

Published On: Dec 06 2012 04:04:41 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 27 2014 03:24:56 PM CST
Christopher Perez
ABILENE, Texas -

There's progress in the military case involving an Abilene-based airman charged for allegedly failing to report neglect before a toddler died of severe malnourishment.

On Thursday, investigating officer Lt. Col. Sandra Kent completed her investigating officer’s report of Dyess Senior Airman Christopher Perez.

Perez, 23, is on trial in connection with the death of 22-month-old Tamryn Klapheke. Perez is charged with failure to report child abuse or neglect, adultery and child endangerment.

A copy of the report has been provided to the judge overseeing the case. A copy will also be provided to Perez and his defense counsel.

The report hasn’t been made public at this time. Kent's recommendation hasn’t been released.

The judge in the case – 7th Bomb Wing commander Col. Glen VanHerck – will review the report and then decide whether and how to move forward with the military case.

VanHerck can decide whether to dismiss some or all of the charges against Perez. If Perez is formally charged, he could either face a special court-martial under VanHerck or a general court-martial under Gen. Robin Rand.

The decision process takes seven to 10 days, according to Dyess officials.

Tamryn Klapheke's mother, Tiffany, is charged with three counts of injury to a child. Two other siblings are now in foster care. Tiffany Klapheke remains jailed on $500,000 bond.