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Jury chosen for trial of mom in Dyess child's death

Jan. 28, 2014 - 09:55PM   |  
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ABILENE, TEXAS — A jury has been chosen for the child-injury trial of a West Texas woman in the death of her 22-month-old daughter.

The Taylor County jury for the trial of Tiffany Klapheke (klah-PEEK’) came after two days of questioning. Opening statements are scheduled for Wednesday in state district court in Abilene.

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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