Court-martial Set for Airman in Child-Neglect Case 1/12/13
January 12, 2013
ABILENE, Texas - A Dyess Air Force Base commander says a senior airman
accused of neglecting a toddler who later died will be tried in military court.
Dyess officials announced Friday Senior Airman Christopher Perez's
court-martial is set for March 4th. He's charged with child endangerment,
failure to report child abuse and adultery.
He was living with Tiffany Klapheke when her 22-month-old daughter died in
August from malnutrition and dehydration. Klapheke, a civilian, will be tried in
Abilene on injury to a child charges.
After her arrest, Klapheke said her husband's deployment made her too
stressed to take care of their three young children. Her husband, Thomas
Klapheke, has since filed for divorce.
Perez's attorneys say he had little access to the children and didn't want
to criticize how they were being raised.