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UPDATE: Dyess Airman implicated in Klapheke case has military hearing delayed

By Jennifer Kendall, jkendall@ktxs.com
Published On: Oct 28 2012 07:10:05 PM CDT
Updated On: Jan 27 2014 03:20:24 PM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

Dyess Air Force Base says a man charged for his part in the death of the 22-month-old child of alleged child neglect suspect Tiffany Klapheke has had his military hearing delayed.

Christopher Perez’s lawyer put in a request for a continuance to delay his hearing. There is currently no hearing date set.

Below is the original story:

A man charged in the Tiffany Klapheke case will face his first hearing, which was supposed to occur Monday, but has since been delayed. Christopher Perez is facing military charges for what he didn't do in relation to the Klapheke case. In the military hearing a commanding officer will decide which of three scenarios Perez will face.

Klapheke was arrested after her 22-month-old daughter Tamryn was found dead. The coroner said the child likely died from circumstances of severe neglect.

Klapheke was charged with three counts of felony injury to a child after Tamryn died and her sisters, ages three and six months, suffered injuries consistent with severe neglect.

Klapheke was married to Dyess airman Thomas Klapheke who was overseas when Tamryn died. He has since filed for divorce.

Another Dyess airman, Christopher Perez, was recently charged by the military with failure to report child abuse or neglect, adultery and child endangerment in relation to the Klapheke case.

When the hearing occurs, it is possible that 7th Bomb Wing Commanding Officer Col. Glen D. VanHerck could dismiss some or all of Perez's charges.

Perez could also be court-martialed. There is also a possibility Perez’s charges could be referred to another officer for a lesser form of punishment.