Airman's court martial for child neglect starts

10/16/2013

ABILENE, Texas (AP) - A military judge has refused to change venue for the court martial of a Dyess Air Force Base airman facing charges of neglecting a toddler who died.

On the trial's first day, judge Col. Donald Eller refused the motion by the defense of Christopher Perez. Perez is charged with dereliction of duty, child endangerment and adultery.

At the time of the alleged offenses Perez lived with Tiffany Klapheke, the wife of airman Thomas Klapheke. Klapheke has said her husband's deployment made her too stressed to take care of their three children, which led to the death of her 22-month-old daughter from malnutrition and dehydration in August 2012. Upon his return Thomas Klapheke filed for divorce.


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