Indictment Links Arrest of Former CPS Regional Director to Klapheke Case

Published 07/28 2014 11:05AM

Updated 07/28 2014 03:41PM

Official documents regarding the recent indictment of Martha "Bit" Whitaker, former regional director for Child Protective Services in Abilene, have directly linked her arrest to the case of Tiffany Klapheke.

Klapheke was found guilty in mid February of Injury to a Child by Omission Intentionally and Willingly, a first degree felony, and sentenced to 30 years for neglecting her three children, resulting in the death of her then 22-month-old in 2012.

The Abilene Police Department began investigating CPS in 2012 under the suspicion that evidence had been tampered with regarding the Klapheke investigation. The resignation or discipline of several CPS employees ensued over the following months. Whitaker announced her resignation from her position with CPS in March of 2013

According to Whitaker’s indictment, she is accused of allegedly concealing CPS documents, medical records, or Dyess Family Advocacy office records regarding the Klapheke children with full knowledge that doing so would inhibit the investigation into the death of Tamryn Klapheke, and the injuries to the other two children.

According to Whitaker's attorney, she turned herself in after learning there was a warrant for her arrest. She was arrested on the charge of tampering with physical evidence and placed under a $1,000 bond. She has since bonded out.

A special prosecutor from Waco, Mark Parker, who was assigned by Judge Hamilton presented evidence before the grand jury last week regarding the Whitaker Case.

Midland Judge Dean Rucker, who serves as Presiding Judge of the Seventh Administrative Judicial Region of Texas, has been contacted and is going to be asked to appoint a judge to hear the Whitaker case.  

During a press conference on Monday, July 28, Abilene police said more arrests may follow in connection with the case.

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