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There is NO excuse for this

Posted by on Sep. 5, 2012 at 9:05 AM
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'I just got tired of always changing the sheets': Military mom, 21, 'let her toddler die because she was too depressed about her husband's deployment'

  • Tiffany Klapheke, 21, charged with three felony counts of injury to a child after her 22-month-old daughter died
  • Autopsy found daughter lacked basic care and was dehydrated and covered in chemical burns
  • At time of death, child weighed only 17.5 pounds
  • Klapheke admitted that she should have taken better care of her daughter

By Daily Mail Reporter

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Neglect? Tiffany Nicole Klapheke claims her military husband's deployment left her too stressed to care for her three children

Neglect? Tiffany Nicole Klapheke claims her military husband's deployment left her too stressed to care for her three children

A Texas woman who claims her military husband's deployment overseas left her too stressed to care for their three young children, one of whom died, remained jailed Friday in connection with their alleged neglect.

Tiffany Nicole Klapheke is charged with three felony counts of injury to a child in connection with her 22-month-old daughter's death and the severe neglect of her two other daughters, ages six months and three years, Abilene police said.

Her toddler suffered from dehydration and malnutrition from a lack of basic care over a period of time, according to the preliminary autopsy report from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office in Fort Worth. 

Klapheke, 21, remained in the Taylor County Jail in Abilene with bonds totalling $500,000. She does not yet have an attorney, according to jail records.

The report also shows that the toddler weighed only 17.5 pounds and her body had chemical burns, indicating the child was exposed to human waste.

The toddler died at an Abilene hospital after being found unresponsive at her Dyess Air Force Base home Tuesday.

The woman's two other daughters were treated for severe neglect at a children's hospital in Fort Worth, about 150 miles east of Abilene. They were to be taken out of intensive care soon, Abilene police said.

Absense

Absence: Klapheke, pictured with her husband, said that she was stressed and depressed after his deployment and that's why she couldn't tend to their children

Home life: The husband, pictured in their Texas home with an infant, presumably their youngest child; MailOnline has blurred their face

Home life: The husband, pictured in their Texas home with an infant, presumably their youngest child; MailOnline has blurred their face

Marleigh Meisner, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, said her office has custody of the two girls.

Meisner declined to discuss whether Klapheke had a prior history with the agency. Her office is talking to relatives as part of its 30-day investigation to determine the best placement for the children, she said.


What do you think ladies??????
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karladiego
by Karla on Sep. 5, 2012 at 9:11 AM
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Unfortunately depression leads to many things, by saying this I am not excusing her for what she did, I went through depression and I still took care of my son. I wonder if she had any family around that could've noticed her mental state, but this is clearly the kind of woman that puts a man ahead of their own kids.

kgmmw
by Kimberly-US/Mex on Sep. 5, 2012 at 9:12 AM

I doubt that she had family around bc if she did they should of noticed her erratic behavior. I agree depression can lead you do crazy things but this is just sad.

Quoting karladiego:

Unfortunately depression leads to many things, by saying this I am not excusing her for what she did, I went through depression and I still took care of my son. I wonder if she had any family around that could've noticed her mental state, but this is clearly the kind of woman that puts a man ahead of their own kids.


karladiego
by Karla on Sep. 5, 2012 at 9:15 AM

It is really sad but like I said putting your man ahead of your own kids...personally my son was the reason I snapped out of depression, having my kid pushed me to go on and get better.

Quoting kgmmw:

I doubt that she had family around bc if she did they should of noticed her erratic behavior. I agree depression can lead you do crazy things but this is just sad.

Quoting karladiego:

Unfortunately depression leads to many things, by saying this I am not excusing her for what she did, I went through depression and I still took care of my son. I wonder if she had any family around that could've noticed her mental state, but this is clearly the kind of woman that puts a man ahead of their own kids.



kgmmw
by Kimberly-US/Mex on Sep. 5, 2012 at 9:34 AM
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Yeah no man is better than my kids thats for sure

Quoting karladiego:

It is really sad but like I said putting your man ahead of your own kids...personally my son was the reason I snapped out of depression, having my kid pushed me to go on and get better.

Quoting kgmmw:

I doubt that she had family around bc if she did they should of noticed her erratic behavior. I agree depression can lead you do crazy things but this is just sad.

Quoting karladiego:

Unfortunately depression leads to many things, by saying this I am not excusing her for what she did, I went through depression and I still took care of my son. I wonder if she had any family around that could've noticed her mental state, but this is clearly the kind of woman that puts a man ahead of their own kids.




JeannetteG
by Jeannette-AZ/Mex on Sep. 5, 2012 at 10:42 AM
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Been seeing this everywhere...she had to be extremlly depressed and in a dark place before this even happened because she sure did lose it fast after her left.  The Air Force doesn't even deploy for very long...jesus...sick situation.

NADIA-R
by NADIA on Sep. 5, 2012 at 11:46 AM
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I know depresion can be hard but I mean there has to be some kind of feeling inside that tells you I need to at least get help for my kids if not for me. Otherwise she was just so selfish only thinking of herself and her pain. I think she deserves a lot of suffering for the rest of her life I don't care how sick she was if she couldn't care for her kids she should have taken them somewhre where someone could care for them.
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Supervane
by Vane on Sep. 5, 2012 at 12:29 PM

I saw this in another group. She's ridiculous! It sounds like she has no shame depression or not! The military offers lots of support programs for the spouses. Not once does it say she took advantage of any sort of support program, in any of her articles. This whole time she was neglecting her kids she didnt think - hey this pain sucks, I wonder if my daughters are in pain to...

Star127
by Member on Sep. 5, 2012 at 1:40 PM
Ive suffered with depression for a long time, severe at times. I still took care of my daughter..if i didnt feed her or changed her who then?
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mstrendygirl
by Irene-Mexicana on Sep. 5, 2012 at 2:02 PM

 OMG how awful.. poor babys..

boricua3177
by Member on Sep. 5, 2012 at 2:18 PM


Quoting karladiego:

Unfortunately depression leads to many things, by saying this I am not excusing her for what she did, I went through depression and I still took care of my son. I wonder if she had any family around that could've noticed her mental state, but this is clearly the kind of woman that puts a man ahead of their own kids.


I agree Karla, it is still very sad.  I could never imagine neglecting my 17 month old to that point.  It is so heartbreaking to hear these kids were terribly neglected.

~Monica~


First time mom to Giselle (04/08/11)


 

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