Jurors see police interview mom in girl's death
Associated Press
1/31/2014

ABILENE, Texas (AP) - A jury watched a video of an almost-seven-hour police interview of a West Texas woman on trial in the starvation death of her 22-month-old daughter.

The interview was screened for jurors Thursday in Abilene. In it, Tiffany Klapheke said her husband was deployed overseas with the Air Force and she'd become overwhelmed caring for their three children alone.

Prosecutors allege the 23-year-old mother failed to feed her three daughters, leading to the death of daughter Tamryn.

Klapheke said she didn't understand how daughter Tamryn died.

The Taylor County jury will continue viewing the interview on Friday.

The 23-year-old woman is charged with injury to a child in the August 2012 death of her daughter by malnutrition and dehydration.

If convicted, she could be sentenced to up to life imprisonment.


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