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Agency probed in death of girl

LUBBOCK — Police have launched a rare investigation of the Texas child protection agency after a 22-month-old girl died and her mother claimed her military husband’s deployment overseas left her too stressed to care for their three children.

Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge said the department is investigating the local Child Protective Services office after a new supervisor closed the case six days before the child’s death on Aug. 28.

Agency spokesman Patrick Crimmins said a caseworker assigned to investigate allegations of medical neglect against Tiffany Nicole Klapheke closed the case soon after being promoted to supervisor. In doing so, she violated agency guidelines that require a final face-to-face visit and someone else to sign off on the closure, he said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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