BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Kaleb Kessinger, former boyfriend of Ayled Chavez, was found guilty in the 2018 murder death of Chavez's 2-year-old son Ramon Angel Reyes-Chavez, according to the Kern County District Attorney's Office.
The DA's office said Kessinger, 22, was found guilty of first-degree murder, assault on a child under 8 causing death, recklessly evading a peace officer and resisting arrest.
Sentencing is scheduled for September 30. Kessinger faces a sentence of up to 43 years to life in prison
On April 25, 2018, Ayled Chavez called 911 to report that her 2-year-old son Ramon Chavez had been kidnapped by an unknown Hispanic male. Chavez ultimately admitted to officers that she made the story up, and that Kessinger killed Ramon.
Court documents showed that 19-year-old Chavez told police her son had sustained "several injuries" as a result of the child "being hit by the door of a vehicle" after being in the care of Kessinger. She revealed that Kessinger buried her son near the mountains.
Officers went to Kessigner’s residence. As they were waiting near the house, Kessinger’s vehicle approached and then quickly turned around and accelerated at a high rate of speed. Several patrol units pursued Kessinger as he fled the area.
Police found Kessinger in a room at the Travel Lodge on Oak Street in Central Bakersfield.
Chavez was sentenced in December of 2018 to two years in prison. She was released on April 26, 2019, which is also a year to the date of when her 2-year-old child was found in the Kern River Canyon.