West Texas mom given 30 years in daughter's death

ABILENE, Texas (AP) — A West Texas woman convicted in the starvation death of her 22-month-old daughter has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Jurors in Abilene issued the sentence Thursday night in the case of 23-year-old Tiffany Klapheke (kla-PEEK'). She faced up to life in prison after being found guilty Wednesday of injury to a child in the 2012 death of her daughter, Tamryn.

Prosecutors say Klapheke had kept Tamryn locked in a room for four days before she found her dead in her crib and called 911.

Klapheke didn't testify during her trial. But she has said that her Air Force husband's deployment overseas left her too stressed to care for the couple's three girls.

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Information from: Abilene Reporter-News, http://www.reporternews.com

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