Less than a week before 22 month-old, Tamryn Klapheke, from Abilene, Texas,
was found dead in a urine soaked bed, a Child Protective Services supervisor
closed the case…Despite the fact that there hadn’t been a home visit for Tamryn in 11 months.
Tamryn suffered from malnutrition and dehydration, weighing only 17.5 pounds when she died. She also had chemical burns on her face and body, an indication of her body being exposed to human waste for long periods of time.
Tamryn’s mother (and I use this term ever so loosely), Tiffany Nicole Klapheke, 21, claims that she was depressed over her husband’s deployment. And this was the reason for the neglect.
‘I just got tired of always changing the sheets, so it was on there a little bit longer than it should have been,’ she said.
Klapheke recalled her impatience over her children’s potty training, saying she left her toddler in the crib in her own urine for nearly a week.
CPS records show that she had a boyfriend in the home at the time of Tamryn’s death, also an active duty service member.
Tiffany Klapheke has now been charged with three felony counts of injury to a child in connection with her daughter’s death and the severe neglect of her two other daughters, aged six months and three years.
On August 22, Texas CPS caseworker Claudia Gonzalez closed the case without making a required final visit to the family or having someone approve the case’s closure.
Tamryn died on August 28 at an Abilene hospital after being found unresponsive at her Dyess Air Force Base home.
Because of this, and a series of other errors by CPS workers in Abilene, the agency is now the center of a rare criminal investigation, according to the Houston Chronicle.
‘The Abilene Police Department is actively investigating the local CPS office,’ Chief Stan Standridge confirmed, declining to give any other details.
Tamryn’s sisters now are in foster care together.
CPS spokesman Patrick Crimmins told the Houston Chronicle: ‘We are providing a great deal of support and services to the father, and everyone involved in the case has agreed that this is what is best right now.
‘He is visiting both girls in the home regularly, and our hope is that the family can be reunited.’