- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

ABILENE, Texas (AP) - Defense attorneys have rested their case in the trial of a West Texas woman accused of her daughter’s death by malnutrition and neglect.

Attorneys for Tiffany Klapheke rested their case in Abilene on Tuesday morning. Prosecutors then called several witnesses to rebut the defense’s case.

The Abilene Reporter-News (https://bit.ly/LSMxH4 ) reports Abilene psychotherapist Marc Orner, who never interviewed Klapheke, disputed a defense witness who told jurors a dissociative state caused Klapheke to neglect her three daughters.

Prosecutors finished rebutting the case later.

Klapheke says her Air Force husband’s deployment overseas left her too stressed to care for the girls. She’s charged with injury to a child in the 2012 death of 22-month-old Tamryn Klapheke. If convicted, she could receive a life sentence.

Closing statements are set for Wednesday.

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

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