ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – A retrial date has been set for an Airman convicted on child endangerment charges connected to the Tiffany Klapheke neglect case.
Senior Airman Christopher Perez is scheduled to stand trial at Dyess Air Force Base once again on October 11, 2016. He was originally sentenced to three years of confinement for adultery and three counts of child endangerment.
These charges came Klapheke, 25, was convicted and sentenced to serve thirty years in prison in 2014 for neglecting her three daughters, one of whom, Tamaryn Klapheke, 22 months, passed away as a result of the neglect.
Airman Perez was in a relationship with Klapheke when the children were neglected.
A Dyess Air Force Base representative says Airman Perez is having a retrial because whenever an Airman is sentenced to one or more years of confinement, the case is automatically appealed, unless the individual waives his or her right to appeal.
Former Child Protective Service workers, Gretchen Denny, 42, and Martha ‘Bit’ Whitaker, 59, are both charged with Tampering With/Fabricating Physical Evidence charge due to allegations that surfaced during the investigation into Klapheke.
Court documents filed for both Denny and Whitaker say the women “did intentionally and knowingly alter or conceal . . . Child Protective Services documents detailing the investigation of the Klapheke children and/or medical records of the Klapheke children and/or Dyess Family Advocacy office records of the Klapheke children, with intent to impair its availability as evidence in the investigation”.
Whitaker, who was the regional director for Child Protective Services during the Klapheke case, is scheduled for a jury trial in Taylor County on March 14, 2016. Denny, who was a case worker, is scheduled for a plea hearing the same day.
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