COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) Probable cause statements obtained from Galveston County say TiAundra Christon and her boyfriend, Kenny D'Shawn Hewett, beat and killed 2-year-old Hazana Anderson on Oct. 19.
Hazana Anderson (left) was reported missing on Oct. 28. Her mother, TiAundra Christon, (center) and her mother’s boyfriend, Kenny D'Shawn Hewett, have both been charged in connection with the disappearance.
It wasn't until nine days later, on Oct. 28, that Christon reported Hazana missing in College Station.
According to investigators, Christon, who was the girl's mother, and Hewett were staying in a hotel room in Houston on the night of Oct. 19 when they became frustrated because Hazana was crying.
The couple took turns beating Hazana with a belt until they realized she was unresponsive, according to the statements.
Records say they were unable to revive Hazana and kept her body in the floorboard of their car for three days before wrapping her body in a garbage bag, tying a large rock to it, and disposing of it in a bayou in Galveston County where deputies found remains on Wednesday.
Christon has been charged with endangering a child for leaving her daughter near water unattended, and for making a false report.
A judge set her bond at $200,000 for the child endangerment charge and $50,000 for filing a false report.
Hewett was arrested late Wednesday night in Galveston County.
He was charged with tampering/fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair a human corpse and was ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bond.
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 during an appearance before a magistrate on Thursday.
Hazana was reported missing Sunday morning from College Station’s Gabbard Park.
The girl’s mother told police she lost sight of Hazana after going back to her car to get a bottle for her daughter.
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 Sunday, they found a black bag inside a dumpster that contained the toddler’s clothes and an unspecified object.
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 and were reaching out to family members and those who knew Hazana.