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Jan 27, 2014 1:38 AM

Jury Selection Set for Mom in Child's Death

ABILENE, Texas (AP) - Trial is to open this week of a West Texas woman who says her military husband's deployment overseas left her too stressed to care for their three children, including a 22-month-old daughter who died.

Jury selection is scheduled for Monday in Abilene in the trial of Tiffany Klapheke. She's charged with injury to a child in the August 2012 death of Tamryn Klapheke, who died of malnutrition and dehydration.

If convicted, the mother could receive a sentence of up to life imprisonment. A ruling is still pending, though, on a defense motion to quash the indictment.

Airman Thomas Klapheke divorced his wife. The state has temporary conservatorship with their father granted restrictive custody.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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