Search widens for missing Texas toddler, mother arrested

College Station Police Jail photo, family photo
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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) The search widened Monday for a 2-year-old girl who disappeared Sunday morning from a park in College Station after her mother left her in her stroller to go get a bottle for the toddler.

The toddler’s mother, Tiaundra Christon, was arrested early Monday and charged with child endangerment and false report.

She told police her daughter, Hazana Anderson, disappeared after she went to her car to get a bottle.

The girl's stroller was left "near a body of water," which posed a safety risk, investigators said.

Police say Hazana was last seen wearing a black long-sleeve shirt with gold writing that says "Girl Squad," a green jacket, cream-color ruffled pants and pink socks and sneakers.

The park includes a playground, a pond, fishing piers, a jogging trail and sports fields.

Law enforcement searched the park and expanded search efforts Monday into nearby neighborhoods.

On Sunday, authorities used a drone and K9s in the effort to find the girl.

A Texas game warden boat and divers from the Harris County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit dragged a pond at the 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.

Family members told KBTX in Bryan that the mother and her only child are both from Bryan, and often visit the park.

In addition to law enforcement searching the area, a group of volunteers, family and friends divided into groups to pass out flyers with the child's photo to area homes and businesses.

Community members organized a vigil at 7 p.m. Sunday to reflect on the day's events and prayed for her safe return.