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Trial date set in Klapheke child death case

By Ariana Garza, agarza@ktxs.com
Published On: Feb 11 2013 12:09:57 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 27 2014 03:28:28 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 jury trial date has been set for 22-year-old Dyess mother Tiffany Klapheke.

Klapheke was charged with three counts of felony injury to a child in August after police found her 22-month-old daughter Tamryn unresponsive in their home on Dyess Air Force Base. 

A preliminary autopsy showed Tamryn was severely malnourished and dehydrated. The toddler had also suffered chemical burns from her own waste. 

Tamryn's sisters, Tatum and Taberlee, suffered similar injuries and had to be hospitalized.

A Taylor County grand jury indicted Klapheke Dec. 13. As of Monday, Klapheke remains in the Taylor County Jail on bond totaling $500,000.

According to court records, Klapheke's case is set for a July 15 jury trial in the 104th District Court under Judge Lee Hamilton.

District Attorney James Eidson is listed as the prosecutor. Eidson said Monday he cannot comment on the case or whether the state plans to offer a plea deal. 

Klapheke's live-in boyfriend, Senior Airman Christopher Perez, 23, will undergo court martial at Dyess March 4. 

Witness testimony in a November military hearing for Perez revealed Perez had moved into the Klapheke home after Klapheke's husband, Thomas, deployed to the Middle East.

Thomas returned to Abilene after the toddler's death and filed for divorce Oct. 8.