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Klapheke case: Hearing scheduled for Abilene woman charged in child neglect death

By George Levesque, Managing Editor/Anchor, glevesque@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 02:04:18 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 27 2014 03:42:33 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 -

An Abilene judge has scheduled a second hearing for a woman accused in a horrendous death.

District Judge Lee Hamilton has set a hearing Aug. 27 to hear from prosecution and the defense.  Earlier this month, a change of venue hearing was held at the request of Tiffany Klapheke, claiming an impartial jury couldn't be found in Taylor County.

Hamilton will ultimately rule on whether the trial should be moved to another county.

Klapheke, the former wife of a Dyess airman, was charged with injury to a child after her 22-month old daughter Tamyrn died of neglect a year ago.

According to an autopsy, Tamryn was dehydrated, malnourished and had chemical burns from her own waste.

Klapheke faces up to life in prison if convicted.