A Texas man was arrested Wednesday in connection with the disappearance of toddler Hazana Anderson, who police may have found deceased in a lake.
ABC13 reports that police arrested 32-year-old Kenny Hewett in connection with the disappearance and likely death of 2-year-old Hazana. According to College Station police, Hewett may be the boyfriend of 21-year-old Tiaundra Christon, the mother of Hazana.
On Sunday, Christon told authorities that her little girl disappeared while sitting in her stroller at Gabbard Park in College Station. Christon said she left the toddler in her stroller alone for a few minutes at around 8 a.m., while she went to her car to get a bottle. She said when she returned, Hazana was gone.
On Wednesday, the Texas Department of Public Safety announced that they found the body of a small child in Texas City, who matched the description of Hazana. It could take weeks, however, to officially determine if the child found was Hazana. Investigators found the small body in water, close to railroad tracks by Highway 146.
“The Texas Rangers, College Station Police Department, Bryan Police Department and Galveston County Sheriff’s Office recovered the body of a small child near state Highway 146 in Texas City. Investigators are working to determine the identity of the child.”
According to Galveston County court records, Hewett was charged with “tampering/fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair a human corpse.” He’s behind bars at the Galveston County Jail on $500,000 bond.
CBS3 reports that Hewett has a long criminal record, including prior felony charges for assault on a family member, assault with bodily injury of a family member, kidnapping, weapons possession, and evading arrest.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, authorities found a bag of clothes and an item of interest inside a dumpster earlier this week. Christon confirmed the clothes matched what Hazana was last seen wearing, but she claimed she had never seen the item of interest, found wrapped in a black bag. Investigators said evidence showed Christon handled the item and the bag.
Christon as was arrested and charged with child endangerment and making a false report to police. She now faces an additional charge of tampering with a corpse. Bond was initially set for Christon at $250,000. It’s now been raised to $750,000. She remains behind bars at the Brazos County jail.
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[Feature Photo: Hazana Anderson/Handout]