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Oct 16, 2012 3:34 PM

Disturbing Update In Death Of Kentucky Toddler In Texas

There is a disturbing update to a case involving the death of a Kentucky toddler in Texas.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Child Protective Services closed a neglect case involving the toddler just days before she died without even making a visit to the family's home. 22-month-old Tamryn Klapheke of Scott County died in August after found living in deplorable conditions. Her mother, Tiffany Klapheke, is charged in the death.

The paper reports that six days before officers were called to the home, a supervisor with Texas Child Protective Services hastily and quietly closed an 11-month neglect investigation involving the toddler without making a required final visit to the home. In fact, the last visit CPS made was nearly a year before the toddler's death.

During that time, a lot changed. Klapheke had a baby, was hired and fired from her job and had to say goodbye to her husband, who was deployed to Aghanistan.

The Abilene Police Department is now investigating the local CPS office for a backlog of delinquent cases which may have sat unchecked far too long before it was too late. The Chronicle also reports a second toddler died of a heart defect as her case sat on a CPS worker's desk while waiting to be transferred to a social worker who could find her at home care.

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