Kentucky mother charged after her child dies in Texas

ABILENE, Texas (WKYT) - A central Kentucky mother has been charged after one of her three children died in Texas.

The mother, 21-year-old Tiffany Klapheke, spoke out from jail Wednesday night.

Police in Abilene, Texas arrested her.

According to her Facebook page, she's originally from Georgetown.

She's charged with three counts of felony child endangerment.

Police say Klapheke's children all had injuries that appear to be related to severe neglect.

They had been living at Dyess Air Force base in Abilene. Klapheke's husband is deployed to Afghanistan.

Police launched an investigation after her 22-month-old child died.

From jail Wednesday, Klapheke told our sister station in Abilene that she made some mistakes.

"I should have taken them to the doctor. I should have been a good mom. And I should have took all three of them and just took them to the doctor. I didn't put them first anymore," said Kalpheke.

Police say Klapheke's other two children, who are six months and three years old were taken to a hospital for treatment.

"I'm so just stressed out and depressed. I just need help taking care of them and I don't have any help or any family around or anything," adds Klapheke.

Klapheke also goes into detail about the difficulty she had potty training the child that has died, "
"She was doing it all the time and I just got tired of always changing the sheets so it was on there a little bit longer than it should have been. And so, it was wet and she was laying in the wet spot for like a week."


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