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CPS supervisor investigated in Klapheke case returns to work

By Ariana Garza, Weekend Anchor/Crime & Courts Reporter, agarza@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:47:07 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 27 2014 03:45:28 PM CST
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ABILENE, Texas -

A former Child Protective Services supervisor who was suspended in connection to the Klapheke case was able to return to work in a clerical capacity in August.

Ex-Investigation Supervisor Barbara McDaniel, ex-Resolution Specialist Gretchen Denny and ex-Director Bit Whitaker were placed on approximately 10 months of paid, administrative leave following the death investigation of 22-month-old Tamryn Klapheke at Dyess Air Force Base. The three were being investigated for allegedly not cooperating with Abilene police in the death investigation.

According to CPS, the agency's investigation into the Klapheke home was closed just six days before the toddler died in August 2012 without a mandatory final visit.

McDaniel was notified on August 16 she could return to work for CPS. She is now based in a Permian Basin office for clerical work. When asked if McDaniel would no longer have contact with children, spokeswoman Marleigh Meisner would not elaborate.

The Department of Family and Protective Services dismissed Denny in June and Whitaker retired.