Tiaundra Christon: Texas mom threw her dead 2-yr-old daughter into lake, then dressed life-size doll to look like her
Christon was sentenced for the 2018 murder of two-year-old daughter Hazana Anderson
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS: A mother has been awarded two decades behind bars for dumping “her toddler's dead body in a lake and carrying around a life-size doll wearing the two-year-old's clothes". Tiaundra Christon was sentenced on December 14 for the 2018 murder of her two-year-old daughter Hazana Anderson. A jury in Galveston County carefully examined the case for around 40 minutes before announcing the verdict that also included a $10,000 fine for Christon, The Sun reported.
Reports said that back in 2018, the 23-year-old mother had traveled with the toddler from College Station to Houston to meet her boyfriend, co-defendant Kenny Hewett. They all stayed at the Downtowner Inns and Suites hotel, Galveston County Criminal District Attorney Jack Roady said. After returning back from Houston, Christon was seen with a child and her friends believed that she was Anderson. Wal-Mart video surveillance also showed the criminal with her daughter. But on October 28, 2018, a 911 call was made by Christon in which she said Anderson disappeared from Gabbard Park. The call prompted a massive search and rescue operation.
But the search operation soon turned into a criminal investigation after officers from College Station police found a life-sized doll wearing the same clothes which the little girl was wearing when she vanished in a garbage can across the street from where Christon parked her car. At the time, it was also revealed that the woman brought the doll with her to fake it as her baby after she and Hewett sexually abused her that resulted in her death. After the murder, the pair also dumped Anderson’s remains at Moses Lake in Texas City. The victim’s body was discovered on October 31, 2018, by police about 140 miles away from the park where the mother claimed the child went missing.
Though Christon’s boyfriend pleaded guilty to tampering with a corpse in November 2019 and was given 20 years of jail, the mother pled not guilty. But last week, the jury declared her guilty before sentencing her on December 14. Reports have said that Christon has to serve at least 15 percent of her jail time before she can apply for parole.
In another incident, a gaming addict admitted murdering his seven-week-old son in a fit of rage. Joseph William McDonald from Australia pleaded guilty to one count of child homicide at Victoria's Supreme Court on December 4 after baby Lucas died in October last year after he sustained a serious head injury at his home in Benalla, in Victoria's northeast. The court heard that the father was playing a PlayStation game when he became infuriated and struck violently on the back of the tot’s brain stem. The victim’s mother Samatha Duckmanton said in a victim impact statement, “You have completely broken my trust — you have absolutely betrayed me. Lucas deserved to feel safe and protected by his daddy. You do not deserve forgiveness — nor do you deserve the title of daddy.” The sentencing of McDonald is scheduled for later this month.