ABILENE, Texas - A Kentucky couple who adopted an Abilene mother accused of neglecting her children, resulting in the death of one, have established a website to collect donations for their two surviving granddaughters.
Tiffany Klapheke, 21, was arrested Aug. 29 on three counts of felony injury to a child after police said her alleged neglect led to the death of her 22-month-old daughter Tamryn at their home on Dyess Air Force Base.
Scott and Tina Romano, who reside in Lexington and who adopted Tiffany Klapheke when she was eight, said they are devastated by Tamryn's loss.
"People are just heartbroken that something like this could happen," Scott Romano said.
"We're just trying to be here for the babies, and whatever it takes, we're gonna do it," Tina Romano said.
The website states: "All donations raised on this site will only be used for the future of Taberlee and Tatum. No money will be permitted to be used for any defense of their mothers actions."
You can view the website by clicking here: http://taberleeandtatum.com/
Tiffany Klapheke's husband, Thomas, is a Dyess airman who was deployed at the time of their daughter's death.
A preliminary autopsy report indicated Tamryn likely died from prolonged lack of food and water. Her sisters Taberlee and Tatum also suffered injuries from the alleged neglect.
Klapheke is being held at the Taylor County Jail on $500,000 bond. Attorney David Thedford has been appointed to represent her.