Death Investigation Involving Young Child—Arrest Made (Press Release)

by Public Information Officer, Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 02:00 (2369 days ago)

ABILENE, TX – On August 28, 2012, at 3:56 pm, Abilene Police Department (APD) Dispatch received a call from a female that sounded distressed. APD Dispatch was able to piece together that the call was coming from a residence on Dyess Air Force Base (AFB). Dyess Security Forces was contacted and advised of the call. Dyess Security Forces then contacted APD advising they needed APD assistance after locating an unresponsive child at a residence in the 100 block of Washington Loop, Dyess AFB.

Detectives with APD’s Criminal Investigation Division, Crimes Against Persons Unit, went to Dyess to assist after being advised that the nature of the call involved an injured child. The female child, age 22 months, was taken by ambulance to Abilene Regional Medical Center (ARMC). Justice of the Peace Bryan Smith was summoned to ARMC where he pronounced the child deceased and ordered an autopsy. Detectives also learned that two other young female children (ages 6-months and 3 years) were living at the residence with their mother at the time of the call and that the mother was the person that called APD for assistance. Further investigation revealed that the mother of the children was identified as Tiffany N. Klapheke (DOB: 09/10/90) and that she was a military dependent to a U.S. Air Force member currently deployed.

The two other small children living with Mrs. Klapheke were taken by ambulance for treatment. Detectives believe that injuries to these two children, and the deceased child, appear to be related to severe neglect. Both children were care-flighted to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Ft. Worth for treatment. One of the surviving children had serious bodily injury while the other had suffered bodily injury.

Mrs. Klapheke was subsequently arrested on three counts of felony injury to a child. Her bonds total $500,000. This investigation continues. More information may be released as it becomes available.

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