Ex-Scott County woman found guilty in Texas for toddler daughter's starvation death

February 13, 2014 

A former Scott County woman was convicted Wednesday in Texas in the starvation death of her 22-month-old daughter.

Tiffany Nicole Klapheke, 23, was found guilty of neglect to the point of death. Tamryn Klapheke died in 2012 at an Abilene, Texas, hospital after being found unresponsive at her home at Dyess Air Force Base. Two other children, Tatum and Taberlee, were treated for severe neglect.

The jury deliberated for six hours before returning a verdict, according to the Abilene Reporter-News.

The punishment phase of the trial began Thursday. Klapheke faces five to 99 years in prison.

Tiffany Klapheke claimed that her military husband's deployment overseas left her too stressed to care for the three children. The couple had moved to Texas from the Lexington area a couple of years before the girl's death.

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