Tamryn Klapheke, 22 months, died from malnutrition and dehydration due to prolonged neglect. (Courtesy photo)
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.