Search continues for missing 2-year-old

Published: Oct. 28, 2018 at 11:24 AM CDT
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The search for a missing 2-year-old is expanding beyond the Brazos Valley, according to the family.

Hazana Anderson was reported missing from Gabbard Park Sunday morning. Her father, Tobodrick Anderson, said authorities are looking in Houston and Louisiana Monday night.

Hazana's mother, Tiaundra Christon, was apparently dating a man with family in Louisiana and ties to Houston, according to Anderson. Anderson said investigators searched the boyfriend's apartment. College Station police told KBTX investigators haven't expanded the search outside of town. Lt. Craig Anderson said they are interviewing witnesses and anyone that might have seen Hazana last, including Christon's boyfriend. Authorities haven't been able to locate the little girl since she was reported missing.

Monday afternoon, crews searched the Travis B. Bryan Municipal Park. College Station Lt. Craig Anderson said that investigators wanted to check the park because it was closer to where they say Hazana was living.

Christon was arrested early Monday. She will go before Justice of the Peace Judge Rick Hill Tuesday morning, where she will have a bond set. Online records show Christon, 21, was arrested and charged with child endangerment and giving a false report to police.

Authorities say Anderson went missing around 9:00 a.m. from Gabbard Park. Officers say Christon left the child unattended in a stroller for a few minutes to grab a bottle. When she returned, the child was gone.

Law enforcement searched the park and continued search efforts into nearby neighborhoods. Authorities used a drone and K9s to search the land, as a Texas Game Warden boat and divers from the Harris County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit dragged a pond at Gabbard Park. Officers also went door-to-door to speak with residents and search backyards.

Two men fishing at the pond heard the cries for help and rushed over to assist the mother, and that's when authorities were notified. A spokesman for the College Station Police Department said it wasn't clear if Hazana was strapped into the stroller, and he couldn't confirm that the fishermen actually saw the child prior to her disappearance.

For a majority of Sunday afternoon, Hazana's mother was at the police station speaking with investigators. Her father, Tobodrick Anderson, was at the park Sunday, along with several other family members, as the search expanded into surrounding neighborhoods.

Family members tell KBTX the mother and her only child are both from Bryan, and often visit the park. Community members organized a vigil Sunday evening to reflect on the day's events and prayed for Hazana's safe return.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the College Station Police Department at (979) 764-3600.