College Station pregnancy center helps young parents

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New questions arise after 21-year-old Tiaundra Christon and her boyfriend Kenny Hewett are now both in custody. She is the mother of Hazana Anderson, who disappeared in College Station last Sunday.

Investigators believe they found her body in Galveston county.

College Station Police Chief Scott McCollum says they are working to positively ID the remains, but it could take weeks before they get the results back.

Hewett and Christon now both face charges of tampering and fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair a human corpse.

Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach says the Hazana Anderson case has prompted them to bring awareness to the issues parents face.

“It’s broken, all of our hearts, you know? Those are the kinds of things [that make] you stay up late at night, and you just cry,” says Kim Schams, Executive Director of Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach.

Schams doesn’t know what happened to Hazana, but she knows her group can help.

“If we can help these babies before they ever come into harm’s way, then we fulfill their purpose,” Schams says. “I wonder if we had been working with her mom, would we still have the same outcome?”

Schams also says children born to young unmarried moms have a 80 percent higher risk for abuse and neglect.

“And the younger the mom is and the more situations of trauma, abuse and neglect they already experienced, the higher the odds are,” Schams explains. “Those young teens, moms that are surrounded with family, that are nurtured and protective and supportive tend to do much much better.”

Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach tries to prevent tragedies.

“For expecting moms and dads that are not sure about the future, APO can provide services for them and counseling,” says Eddie Coulson, Chairman of Aggieland Pregnancy Center Board.

They provide three programs – unplanned pregnancy support, adoption services and outreach to teen parents.

“APO steps in and helps them think through all of the things they need to consider,” Coulson explains.

“We are reaching out to the ones that are really struggling, struggling with their own relationship, with their own family relationship, with their own poverty issues. Those are the ones we love helping,” Schams says.

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