Missing girl's mother and her boyfriend charged with tampering with a corpse
TiAundra Christon, mother of missing 2-year-old Hazana Anderson, and her boyfriend, Kenny D'Shawn Hewett, have been charged in connection with the disappearance of her daughter.
Christon was already being held in the Brazos County Jail on charges from the College Station Police Department, and an additional charge from Galveston County for tampering/fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair a human corpse was added late Thursday. Bond on that charge is listed at $500,000.
Hewett has been charged with tampering/fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair a human corpse and is being held in the Galveston County Jail on $500,000 bond. Investigators with the Texas Department of Public Safety arrested Hewett late Wednesday night in Galveston County.
Hewett has a lengthy criminal background in the Houston area including felony charges for aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault on a family member, assault bodily injury of a family member, evading arrest with a motor vehicle and possessing a weapon as a felon.
Hewett waived his right to have counsel appointed at a magistration on Thursday.
Remains consistent with a small child were recovered during the investigation into Hazana Anderson's disappearance near State Highway 146 in Texas City.
Tabodrick Anderson, Hazana's father, tells KBTX he knew the boyfriend was a suspect all along. He says Christon and Hewett's stories lined up, and that's what led investigators to Texas City on Wednesday.
Anderson said he feels like he's living in a bad dream.
“A part of me feels like it was to get back at me. A lot of times, we had discussions, whether it was arguments, of me just wanting my daughter. Whatever she was doing, she could have did it, I just wanted my daughter,” Anderson said.
Anderson said he's confident the remains found Wednesday are Hazana, and he's already planning her funeral arrangements.
College Station Police worked with Texas Rangers, Bryan Police, Houston Police, Bellaire Police and the Galveston County Sheriff's Office to recover the remains.
College Station Police could not disclose what led them to the site in Texas City.
Tiaundra Christon was previously charged with endangering a child and for making a false report with a bond set at $250,000. Police said Wednesday they were actively interrogating Christon and reaching out to other family members and people who knew Hazana.
College Station Police Chief Scott McCollum said Wednesday that efforts to formally identify the remains found in Texas City would take several weeks.