Charging documents against a Texas woman who claimed her toddler daughter disappeared while at a park paint a grim picture of what truly happened to the little girl, according to police.
ABC reports that the Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office announced that a small body found deceased near Texas City on Wednesday was likely that of 2-year-old Hazana Anderson. On Friday, charging documents in the case emerged and revealed that the little girl was beat to death.
Hazana’s mother, 21-year-old Tiaundra Christon, and Christon’s boyfriend, 32-year-old Kenny Hewett, have been arrested and charged in connection with Hazana’s death.
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According to the documents, Christon and Hewett beat baby Hazana to death in mid-October. Instead of calling 911, they stuffed her small body into the passenger side floorboard of a vehicle. They kept her there for three days before dumping her into water close to Texas City, by railroad tracks off of Highway 146.
The documents allege that on October 17, Christon and Hewett stayed at a Downtowner Inns & Suites hotel in Houston for three days. Hazana was with the pair. Christon reportedly told police while they were at the hotel, the toddler left with Hewett to got a Taco Cabana restaurant while she stayed at the hotel. When they returned around 30 minutes later, the baby was crying and Hewett began beating Hazana with a belt on her legs, face, and arms.
Hewett then demanded that Christon “discipline her child,” according to the documents. Christon reportedly admitted that she hit the little girl a few times with the belt, but Hewett wasn’t happy with how light the discipline was. In turn, Hewett began beating the child more, causing her to “go in and out of consiousness.”
The pair purportedly took Hazana to bathtub and ran cool water over while trying to revive her. Christon said the toddler still had a faint pulse. Yet, as Christon lifted the baby from the bathtub she noticed the little girl’s “anus was open very wide.”
Court documents also indicate that Hazana was cold to the touch when Christon lifted her from the bathtub, so the pair turned on a hair dryer and started blowing Hazana’s skin with it, hoping it would warm her. Instead, they ended up burning her.
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When she realized her daughter had died, Christon allegedly kept her wrapped inside a trash bag while on the floorboard of her car. On October 23, Hewett and Christon drove to a body of water near Texas City, according to court documents, and wrapped a rope with a heavy rock tied to it around the the baby’s body. They then threw Hazana, still in the bag with a rope wrapped around it, into a body of water.
On October 31, Christon led detectives to the area, where a dive team searched the water and found who is likely Hazana. It will take weeks before the little girl can be officially identified, as authorities are waiting on DNA test results.
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Christon Initially Lied: Police
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Christon initially said Hazana Anderson disappeared from Gabbard Park off of Dexter Drive on Sunday morning at around 8 a.m., according to police. Christon said she left the toddler in her stroller and went to her car in a nearby parking lot to get a bottle. When she returned a few minutes later, Hazana was missing. Police combed the park thoroughly on Sunday but didn’t locate her.
Fishermen in the area on Sunday morning told police they heard the little girl’s mother screaming for her daughter, but authorities said they were skeptical of Christon’s story early on. They found numerous inconsistencies in her story. The fishermen were in close proximity and never heard a child at all. They never saw a child anywhere near a small body of water in the park, although Christon said she left Hazana in the stroller by the water.
A few days later, detectives found a toy doll in a dumpster wearing the same outfit Christon said Hazana was last seen in. The doll was wrapped in a large handbag, and according to police, evidence showed that Christon had handled the items.
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.
Christon as was arrested and initially 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.
The story continues to develop. Check back CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
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[Feature Photo: Hazana Anderson/Handout]