HOUSTON — The College Station Police Department has found human remains possibly connected to the disappearance of Hazana Anderson, a 2-year-old girl who was reported missing from a neighborhood park last weekend, according to investigators.
Officers found the remains Wednesday near State Highway 146 in Texas City. Multiple local, state and federal agencies had been searching for Hazana since the toddler's disappearance was reported on Oct. 28.
"Efforts will continue to identify the remains, and these efforts will take several weeks," Police Chief Scott McCollum said during a press conference. "We will continue to work with prosecutors and our local law enforcement partners as we seek to determine all the facts surrounding Hazana's disappearance."
Probable cause documents reveal that investigators found a black bag with the clothes the toddler was wearing when she went missing and another object in a dumpster on Sunday morning.
The child's mother, Tiaundra Christon, 21, admitted to investigators that the clothes they found were the clothes her daughter was wearing, but said she did not know anything about the object that was found with the clothing.
Christon has been charged with child endangerment and making a false report to police. She was arrested Monday and remains in custody at the Brazos County Jail.
She is being held on a total $250,000 bond; $50,000 for the false report and $200,00 for the child endangerment offense.
"I just want her back wherever she at— I just want her back, ya'll," the child's aunt Velt Burns said.
The College Station Police Department responded to Gabbard Park in the 1200 block of Dexter Drive South nearly an hour after the child's alleged disappearance. Investigators said Hazana was at the park with her mother when the parent went to her vehicle to fetch a baby bottle. When she returned, the child was missing from her stroller.
Investigators claim Christon put Hazana in danger when she went to her vehicle, leaving the toddler alone near a pond.
When officers arrived, they started to search all nearby roadways and residences. As of Tuesday, police report the search around the park has ended. Family members claim the search has been extended to areas in both Houston and Louisiana.
According to Tobodrick Anderson, Hazana’s father, the search has expanded to Louisiana because the man Christon is currently dating has ties there. He added Christon had been acting differently lately, but the father is shocked by the mother's arrest in connection to Hazana's disappearance.
“It seemed like she didn't show the responsibility, and the love that she once did or spoke about. It's like when she got to live her life, got that bit of freedom, that's all she wanted," Tobodrick Anderson said.
The father admitted their co-parenting relationship has had it's rough patches. He claims Christon would sometimes leave Hazana at his house for weeks at a time.
The CSPD Criminal Investigation Division and the Search Dog Network of the Brazos Valley are also assisting with the search.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, College Station Police worked with Texas Rangers, Bryan Police, Houston Police, Bellaire Police and the Galveston County Sheriff's Office to recover the remains.