Klapheke Case: Prosecutors revise indictment, grand jury approves

By Ariana Garza, Weekend Anchor/Crime & Courts Reporter, agarza@ktxs.com
POSTED: 4:22 PM Jun 13 2013   UPDATED: 3:37 PM Jan 27 2014
Tiffany Klapheke
ABILENE, Texas -

An ex-Dyess Air Force Base wife and mother was re-indicted Thursday for the death of her toddler.

Tiffany Klapheke, 22, was arrested and charged with three felony counts of injury to a child in August 2012 after she called 911 to report her 22-month-old daughter, Tamryn, was unresponsive at their home on base. According to a preliminary autopsy report, Tamryn died of severe dehydration and malnutrition and suffered chemical burns from allegedly being left in her own waste.

A Taylor County grand jury indicted Klapheke in December for causing bodily injury to Tamryn by starving the toddler and failing to provide medical attention--causing her death.

According to District Attorney James Eidson, the state did not have a final autopsy report at the time of Klapheke’s December indictment. Eidson said her indictment was recently re-worded to make it more consistent with the completed autopsy and all three injury to a child counts were summed up into one count.

The new indictment alleges Klapheke failed to provide Tamryn with adequate hydration, nutrition and necessary medical treatment.

A Taylor County grand jury re-indicted Klapheke Thursday. Eidson the re-wording of the indictment carries the same punishment range as the original indictment, which is five to 99 years or life in prison. 

As of Thursday, Klapheke remains in the Taylor County Jail on $500,000 bond. Her court-appointed attorney, David Thedford, made a motion for a change of venue June 6 for her trial. A date for the change of venue hearing has yet to be set but could be in late July in the 104th District Court under Judge Lee Hamilton.  

According to court records, Klapheke pleaded not guilty December 19, 2012 and chose to be arraigned at the time of her trial.