Home | Crime | Texas mom Tiffany Klapheke guilty in daughter's malnutrition death

Texas mom Tiffany Klapheke guilty in daughter's malnutrition death

Font size: Decrease font Enlarge font
Tiffany Klapheke
Tiffany Klapheke

A Texas jury found a 23-year-old woman guilty of injury to a child in the starvation death of her 22-month-old daughter.

ABILENE, Texas — A West Texas woman was convicted Wednesday in the starvation death of her 22-month-old daughter.

The Abilene Reporter-News reports that 23-year-old Tiffany Klapheke was found guilty of injury to a child in the 2012 death of Tamryn Klapheke. The Taylor County jury returned with the verdict after about six hours of deliberation.

The jury is set to begin deliberations in the punishment phase Thursday morning. Tiffany Klapheke faces up to life in prison.

Klapheke cried as the verdict was read.

Prosecutors alleged the mother failed to feed her three daughters, leading to the death of her youngest one. According to prosecutors, Klapheke had kept Tamryn locked in a room for four days before she found her dead in her crib and called 911.

In closing statements, prosecutor Joel Wilks said Klapheke "turned her back," adding, "She shuts the door and she leaves. She leaves that child in pain."

Klapheke, who didn't testify, has said her Air Force husband's deployment overseas left her too stressed to care for the couple's three girls.

Airman Thomas Klapheke has since divorced Tiffany Klapheke. The state has temporary conservatorship of the couple's surviving children, with their father granted restrictive custody.

During the trial, jurors heard testimony from expert witnesses who spoke about Tiffany Klapheke's mental state at the time of the Tamryn's death.

Two defense witnesses, Abilene neuropsychologist Samuel Brinkman and Houston-based psychologist Mark Wernick, said Klapheke likely suffers from both post-traumatic stress disorder and reactive attachment disorder as a result of trauma she endured as a child.

Testifying for the prosecution, Abilene psychotherapist Marc Orner said "there's very little to disagree with" in the diagnosis by Brinkman and Wernick. But he did not agree with the conclusion that the Klapheke fell victim to a "dissociative state" before reportedly neglecting her children.



Colorado News

Get the latest Colorado news, sports, weather, entertainment, business & political news and more from Colorado Newsday.
  • Email to a friend Email to a friend
  • Print version Print version
  • Plain text Plain text

Rate this article


Photo Galleries

PHOTOS: Plastic Surgery Celebrity Awkward family photos 
UPDATED: Faces of Meth PHOTOS: Celebrities all a-Twitter

More galleries ››

  1. Drunk tractor driver decapitates three people in head-on crash (1.50)

  2. Spoiled’ teen takes parents to court (1.00)

  3. Terms of Service (0)

  4. Colorado Newsday Privacy Policy (0)

  5. Kim Kardashian denied access to Vanity Fair party (0)

  6. Russian troops threaten to shoot Ukrainian soldiers in tense stand-off (0)

  7. Boxer vows to fight on – after 51st defeat in row (0)

  8. Forbes rich list names world’s youngest billionaires (0)

  9. Pregnant woman drives kids into ocean in Florida (0)

  10. Oprah Winfrey tells Lindsay Lohan to ‘cut the bull****’ in trailer for new reality show Lindsay (0)

  11. Denver Man Michael McGinley threatened to kill wife in phone call at DA’s office (0)

  12. Couple stole little girl's iPod in Aurora (0)

  13. Former director of Breckenridge Film Festival Dawna Foxx given 5 years for embezzling $300K (0)

  14. Knee injury to sideline Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan 6-8 weeks (0)

  15. South Carolina boy, 5, born without fingers can use his right hand with Iron Man-themed prosthesis (0)

  16. Missouri cop shot in the arm as violent protests continue in the wake of the grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in Michael Brown's death (0)

  17. First woman named in charge of White House dessert menu but can she satisfy a sweet tooth and still meet First Lady Michelle Obama's healthy demands? (0)

  18. 'How do we stop things like this happening time after time': LeBron James leads the social media reaction to the news that Michael Brown's killer won't face charges (0)

  19. My eyes are up here! Bill Clinton caught 'not paying attention' in selfie with attractive brunette (0)

  20. CNN anchors choke on tear gas during live broadcast as police tweet cops are only using 'smoke' (0)

  21. Alfonso Ribeiro wins Season 19 of 'Dancing with the Stars' (0)

  22. Man, 37, sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife right in front of their daughter and another young girl (0)

  23. Florida man Phuc Kieu 'tried to rape man and steal his money' (0)

  24. Tennessee TV station apologizes for 'Dancing With the Stars' tweet during Ferguson decision (0)

  25. 'You are too much of a p***y to shoot me': Explosive grand jury evidence reveals how an 'aggressive' Michael Brown taunted cop Darren Wilson before he was shot dead (0)

  26. Xbox One's Halo: The Master Chief Collection hit by technical problems (0)

  27. Princess Ameerah tells MailOnline of her fight against ban on women drivers (0)

  28. People who are more open to homosexuality have higher levels of 'social' hormones (0)

  29. No-fly zone declared over Ferguson: St Louis-bound flights diverted to other airports because of GUNSHOTS being fired into the sky  (0)

  30. Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's closest lieutenant sentenced to 22 years (0)

  31. Phyllis Latour Doyle is awarded France's highest honour (0)

  32. NFL's Adrian Peterson likens Ferguson grand jury decision to child abuse charges (0)

  33. Katy Perry leads celebrities on Twitter reacting to Darren Wilson verdict (0)

  34. Halle Berry takes ex Gabriel Aubry to court over daughter's hair (0)

  35. Selena Gomez cries onstage during AMA's performance (0)

  36. Gigi Hadid confirms she's back together with Cody Simpson (0)

  37. Federal investigations into Ferguson and its cops ARE still ongoing, says Attorney General Holder (0)

  38. University of Virginia looks at alcohol as factor in sex assaults (0)

  39. Vanessa Hudgens gets retraining order against stalker who wants to marry her (0)

  40. The Duchess of Cambridge comforts grieving families in Norfolk (0)

  41. Phil Hughes in an induced coma after being struck in the head by ball (0)

  42. Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi on death row for blasphemy makes final appeal (0)

  43. How MARIJUANA can help with post traumatic stress disorder (0)

  44. Apple sets its sights on virtual reality according to latest job advertisement (0)

  45. Mammoth meat was a delicacy 30,000 years ago: Gravettian people hunted the beasts for food - but fed their dogs reindeer (0)

  46. Danielle Sheehan's life transformed after Botox eradicates her eczema (0)

  47. Woody Harrelson didn't know Liam and Chris Hemsworth were brothers until last year (0)

  48. 'Star Wars' teaser trailer to screen in 30 theaters Friday (0)

  49. NYPD chief sprayed with fake blood at Ferguson grand jury decision protest  (0)

  50. Highlights of testimony heard by grand jury before they declined to indict Ferguson cop Darren Wilson for Michael Brown shooting (0)