GALVESTON, Tex. (KBTX) Our sister station, KBTX, has learned a Galveston County judge has slashed the bond in half for Kenny Hewett, a suspect in the brutal death of 1-year-old Hazana Anderson of Bryan.
Hewett and the child's mother, TiAundra Christon, were both arrested in 2018.
Christon was arrested in Brazos County following a massive manhunt for Hazana at a College Station park and is facing multiple charges adding up to a $750,000 bond.
Hewett is in the Galveston County Jail where Galveston County District Judge Lonnie Cox last month reduced his bond from $500,000 to $250,000 after his attorney successfully argued the higher bond was excessive and illegal.
Despite the bond reduction, Hewett remains behind bars.
If he does make bail, there are several conditions including wearing an ankle monitor and having a curfew. He is also not allowed to work or volunteer at any location where children are present, and must submit a monthly drug test.
Investigators believe the two are responsible for injuring Hazana at a Houston-area motel last year to the point of death, and then dumped her body into a Galveston County lake.
Donnie Andreski is a local attorney who says asking for a lower bond is something very common in criminal cases.
“They’re going to ask for that bond to be lowered, because the person accused of the crime just can’t afford the bond amount as it’s currently set,” said Andreski.
We did reach out to the Judge and the Galveston County District Attorney’s office about the bond reduction, but neither were available Tuesday for comment.
An autopsy for the body that is believed to be Hazana’s is still pending.
Christon is charged with Abandoning/Endangering a Child, filing a false report to police and Tampering with a Human Corpse.
Hewett is only charged at this time with Tampering with a Human Corpse.