Former CPS supervisor arrested on tampering charge

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

ABILENE, Texas (AP) - West Texas police say a former supervisor for state Child Protective Services has been arrested for tampering with evidence as police investigated the 2012 starvation death of a 22-month-old girl.

Abilene police Chief Stan Standridge said Monday that 58-year-old Martha Kiel Whitaker turned herself in Saturday on the felony charge. She posted $1,000 bond and was released. Online jail and court records do not indicate an attorney for her.

Standridge says detectives had "grave concerns" about a lack of cooperation by CPS supervisors as police investigated the death of Tamryn Klapheke. The child was found dead in her crib inside a squalid home while her father was on an Air Force deployment.

Tamryn's mother, Tiffany Klapheke, was convicted of her death and sentenced in February to 30 years in prison.

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