New trial date set in Klapheke case

Tiffany Klapheke, 23, was arrested in August 2012 after she called 911 and first responders found her toddler – Tamryn – unresponsive on Dyess Air Force Base.She is charged with first-degree felony injury to a child. If convicted, she could be sentenced from five to 99 years – or life – in prison.

ABILENE, Texas - A January trial date has been set in the Tiffany Klapheke case.

The 23-year-old's toddler, Tamryn, died of malnutrition and dehydration at the family home on Dyess Air Force Base in August 2012.

In September 2013, Klapheke's adoptive mother, Tina Romano, helped her hire Houston-based attorney George Parnham and local attorney John Young after Klapheke told 104th District Judge Lee Hamilton she no longer wished to retain her court-appointed attorneys.

Klapheke's trial would have begun last week; however, the substitution of attorneys came with a continuance in the trial for her new attorneys to get up to speed. According to court records, her jury trial is scheduled to take place January 27 in a preferential setting with a pre-trial hearing set for January 17.

Parnham previously defended a Houston woman named Andrea Yates--who drowned her five children one-by-one in a bathtub—in 2006. Yates was found not guilty on appeal by reason of insanity and is now in a mental institution.