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Dyess toddler's death: Jury to hear opening statements

Jan. 29, 2014 - 08:18AM   |  
Tamryn Klapheke, 22 months, died from malnutrition and dehydration due to prolonged neglect.
Tamryn Klapheke, 22 months, died from malnutrition and dehydration due to prolonged neglect. (Courtesy photo)
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ABILENE, TEXAS — A jury is to hear opening statements in the child-injury trial of a West Texas woman in the death of her 22-month-old daughter.

The Taylor County jury will hear Wednesday from attorneys for both sides in the case against Tiffany Klapheke. She’s charged with injury to a child in the August 2012 death of Tamryn Klapheke, who died of malnutrition and dehydration.

The 23-year-old Abilene woman says her Air Force airman husband’s deployment overseas left her too stressed to care for their three children, including the infant daughter.

If convicted, Klapheke could receive a sentence of up to life imprisonment.

Airman Thomas Klapheke divorced his wife. The state has temporary conservatorship with their father granted restrictive custody.

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