Remains recovered in missing child case

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - Thursday 4:45 p.m. UPDATE:
Kenny D'Shawn Hewett, the boyfriend of Hazana's mother Tiaundra Christon, was arrested in Galveston County late on Wednesday in connection with the disappearance of Hazana Anderson.

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. Hewett waived his right to have counsel appointed at a magistration on Thursday.

ORIGINAL STORY:
College Station Police Chief Scott McCollum said in a Wednesday evening press conference that remains consistent with a small child were recovered during the investigation into Hazana Anderson's disappearance.

The remains were recovered near State Highway 146 in Texas CIty.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, College Station Police worked with Texas Rangers, Bryan Police, Houston Police, Bellaire Police and the Galveston County Sheriff's Office to recover the remains.

McCollum declined to take questions at the press conference, but said police are now working to make a positive identification on those remains. Those efforts are expected to take several weeks.

Around noon on Wednesday, investigators wrapped up an overnight search of Travis B. Bryan Municipal Park and Municipal Lake that included search dogs, divers and sonar scanners.

Police said earlier Wednesday they were continuing to interrogate Hazana's mother, Tiaundra Christon, and were reaching out to family members and those who knew Hazana.

Christon was charged with endangering a child for leaving her daughter near water unattended, and for making a false report. Christon was in court for a bond hearing Tuesday morning. A judge set her bond at $200,000 for the child endangerment charge and $50,000 for filing a false report.

College Station Police say they found the clothes of missing 2-year-old Hazana Anderson in a dumpster the morning she went missing.

According to authorities, they interviewed the girl's mother Tiaundra Christon Sunday morning after the child was reported missing at Gabbard Park. Christon told police she lost sight of Hazana after going back to her car. She said the toddler was able to get out of the stroller, which was about 30 yards from a body of water.

As officers searched, they found a black bag with clothes and another object inside a dumpster. The report does not state exactly where the dumpster was located. Christon confirmed the clothes were the ones Hazana was wearing that morning but knew nothing of the object.

Police say they found evidence that Christon handled the bag and the object inside. Officers say she denied knowing anything about the object and did not know where her daughter had gone.