Ex-CPS Director Tied to Klapheke Case Arrested

Ex-CPS Director Tied to Klapheke Case Arrested

Former regional director for Child Protective Services in Abilene Martha "Bit" Whitaker was arrested Saturday in connection to the Tiffany Klapheke child neglect case.

A former regional director for Child Protective Services in Abilene was arrested Saturday, July 26 on a tampering with physical evidence charge in connection to a child death case.

According to Taylor County jail records, Martha "Bit" Whitaker has been charged for a third-degree felony offense that happened on August 29, 2012. 

Whitaker's bond was posted at $1,000.  Jail records indicate she has been released. 

Whitaker's attorney says she turned herself in after learning there was a warrant for her arrest. 

There is no word yet on the specifics of the incident for which Whitaker was arrested.

Whitaker announced her resignation from her position with CPS in March of 2013, according to a spokesman for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

Whitaker was one of multiple CPS employees placed on administrative leave in October of 2012, after the Abilene Police Department launched an investigation into possible misconduct in connection to the Tiffany Klapheke child neglect case. 

Klapheke's three children were found to be suffering from severe neglect and malnourishment at a home on Dyess Air Force base in late August of 2012, and the 22-month-old was found dead in her crib.

APD Chief of Police Stan Standridge said in 2012 that his department had reason to believe CPS employees mishandled and tampered with important documents relating to their investigation into the toddler and her 22-year-old mother, Tiffany Klapheke.

The Houston Chronicle posted an article in October of 2012, claiming that six days before officers were called to the Klapheke home, a CPS supervisor quietly closed the investigation without making a required final visit to the family or having the case closure approved.

Tiffany Klapheke was sentenced in February 2014 to 30 years in prison with no fine.

Klapheke will be eligible for parole after she has served half of her sentence.

For a timeline of the Klapheke case, click here.

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