ABILENE, Texas - Abilene police detectives are investigating the possible attempted strangling of an 11-year-old girl now hospitalized in Fort Worth.
Called to Dyess Air Force Base on Wednesday, Abilene police are currently attempting to determine if the girl's injuries are consistent with what her stepfather is telling law enforcement. The unidentified man told police his stepdaughter had tried to hang herself, but police are working with doctors at Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth to determine if attempted strangulation of the girl is a possibility.
According to a news release, the Abilene Police Department received a 9-1-1 call from a resident on Dyess Air Force Base about 1:48 p.m. Wednesday.
"The caller indicated an 11-year-old child was found unresponsive and not breathing in her home," Police Chief Stan Standridge said in the release.
Abilene police Communications notified Dyess authorities, while also providing instructions on conducting CPR, Standridge said.
"The caller remained online with the dispatcher until the Dyess Fire Department arrived at the residence," Standridge said.
According to Standridge, the child was transported to Abilene's Hendrick Medical Center, where she received "immediate care," and then was flown to Cook Children's Hospital in Fort Worth.
"Because of the nature of the call and the age of the child, Abilene police detectives were subsequently notified and responded to the residence," Standridge said.
In addition, Standridge said, Dyess Office of Special Investigations responded to the scene.
"Abilene police are working collaboratively with Dyess OSI to determine the nature of this child's injuries," Standridge said. "This ongoing investigation is still in the early stages. Abilene police and Dyess are committed to determining exactly what happened. Once again Team Dyess has responded proactively and is actively assisting with all elements of this investigation."
The investigation continues.
"Our first concern is the physical and mental health and well-being of those involved in this incident, as well as Dyess airmen and their families," said Col. Glen VanHerck, 7th Bomb Wing commander.
KTXS will update the story as more information becomes available.
The Abilene police probe is the second one in recent months involving children at Dyess Air Force Base.
In late August, 22-month-old Tamryn Klapheke died of severe neglect, resulting in her mother Tiffany being arrested and leading to Dyess Senior Airman Christopher Perez facing military charges.
Tiffany Klapheke, 22, is charged with three counts of injury to a child. Two other siblings are now in foster care. She remains jailed on $500,000 bond.
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