Man accused of killing 2-year-old set to go on trial in August

Kaleb Kessinger, Ramon Reyes Chavez
Posted at 11:55 AM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 14:58:06-04

After more than two years since the death of a 2-year-old boy whose body was found in the Kern River Canyon the man accused in his death is set to go to trial. Kaleb Kessinger is set to go to trial on August 3rd. His next court date is July 22nd.

According to court documents, Ayled Chavez, Kessinger's girlfriend told police that her son Ramon Reyes Chavez was hit by a car door after being in Kessinger's care. Chavez claimed they tried to get medical aid for the boy but he died from his injuries. The couple then buried the boy's body near the Kern River.

Chavez took a plea deal and served less than two years.

Kessinger faces one count of first-degree murder.