Prosecution rests in mom's trial in girl's death

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Associated Press

Posted on February 6, 2014 at 1:32 AM

ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors have rested their case in the trial of a West Texas woman accused of her daughter's death by malnutrition and neglect.

The last witness prosecutors called to testify Wednesday in the Abilene trial of Tiffany Klapheke (klah-PEEK') was a child abuse specialist who examined Klapheke's two surviving children. Dr. Jayme Coffman says both were malnourished and dehydrated.

Klapheke's attorneys opened with Dr. Mark Wernick, a psychologist who testified that Klapheke was abandoned by her mother, grandmother and adoptive mother. He says he's "pretty convinced she had no intent to harm her kids."

Klapheke is charged with injury to a child in the August 2012 death of 22-month-old daughter Tamryn Klapheke. If convicted, she could receive a life sentence.

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