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Two women at Dyess arrested on child endangerment charges for alleged unsanitary home conditions

By Ariana Garza, Weekend Anchor/Crime & Courts Reporter, agarza@ktxs.com
Published On: Feb 08 2013 11:50:43 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 27 2014 03:29:09 PM CST
Valdez Phillips
DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -

Two women living with an active duty Dyess airman were charged with three counts of child endangerment Thursday after police deemed her home, located on Dyess Air Force Base, "unlivable."

Dyess officials called Abilene police for assistance at the home in the 170 block of Virginia Street. around 11:45 p.m. Thursday.  

According to an arrest report, the home where 26-year-old Britni Valdez and 22-year-old Kayla J. Phillips were residing was filled with piles of trash, "filthy" laundry and dog feces from seven dogs. One of the two women is the unidentified airman's spouse, but an Abilene Police Department news release failed to name which one.

Valdez and Phillips were immediately taken into custody. At the time of the arrest, Valdez had three children living in the home.

Abilene police said officials with Dyess Security Forces apprehended the male active-duty member who was living in the home.

As of Friday, Valdez remains in the Taylor County Jail on bond totaling $60,000. 

The arrest comes more than five months after another woman residing at Dyess Air Force Base -- Tiffany Nicole Klapheke -- was arrested after her toddler died of apparent neglect. She was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury this past December on three counts of injury to a child.

The grand jury indicted Klapheke for failing to provide food to Tamryn, her 22-month-old daughter. The indictment also held that Klapheke did not provide adequate medical attention for Tamryn, and that she starved the child.

We will continue to bring you further details as they become available.