Court-martial set for airman in child-neglect case

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Associated Press

Posted on January 12, 2013 at 5:02 PM

ABILENE, Texas (AP) — 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 4. 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.

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