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Jury selection set for mom in Dyess toddler's death

Jan. 27, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
Tamryn Klapheke died of malnutrition and dehydration.
Tamryn Klapheke died of malnutrition and dehydration. (Courtesy photo)
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ABILENE, TEXAS — Trial is to open this week of a West Texas woman who says her military husband’s deployment overseas left her too stressed to care for their three children, including a 22-month-old daughter who died.

Jury selection is scheduled for Monday in Abilene in the trial of Tiffany Klapheke. She’s charged with injury to a child in the August 2012 death of Tamryn Klapheke, who died of malnutrition and dehydration.

If convicted, the mother could receive a sentence of up to life imprisonment. A ruling is still pending, though, on a defense motion to quash the indictment.

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

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