Jury Selection to Resume for Mom in Child's Death

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
  • Too stressed to care for children
  • 22-month-old Tamryn Klapheke died of malnutrition/dehydration
  • Mom faces life in prison

ABILENE (AP) - Jury selection was to resume in the trial of a West Texas woman who says her husband's deployment overseas left her too stressed to care for their three children, including a 22-month-old daughter who died.

Attorneys were set to continue speaking with potential jurors in an Abilene courtroom on Tuesday in the case of 23-year-old Tiffany Klapheke. Jury selection began Monday.

She's charged with injury to a child in the August 2012 death of Tamryn Klapheke, who died of malnutrition and dehydration.

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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