Judge Finds Airman's Guilty of Child Endangerment 10/19/13
October 19, 2013
ABILENE, Texas (AP) - A military judge has sentenced a Dyess Air Force Base airman to three years in prison and a dishonorable discharge after finding him guilty of adultery and endangering a child who later died.
The Abilene Reporter-News reports the judge, Air Force Colonel Donald Eller, also found Airman Christopher Perez not guilty of dereliction of duty. Perez had elected to forgo a jury trial.
Perez previously lived with Tiffany Klapheke, wife of Airman Thomas Klapheke. She has said her husband's deployment overseas made her too stressed to care for their three children. Her 22-month-old daughter died of malnutrition and dehydration in August 2012. She is scheduled for trial in January in Abilene.
Upon his return, Thomas Klapheke filed for divorce.