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Father of two-year-old found in Kern River Canyon speaks out

Posted at 7:09 PM, Apr 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-27 10:50:18-04

The father of a missing toddler spoke out to 23ABC on Thursday about the disappearance and possible murder of his son. 

Carlos Reyes, 19, said he received a Facebook message from the mother of his son, Ayled Chavez, 19, Wednesday night. 

Reyes said Chavez asked him to call her because police officers were at her house. When Reyes called her, he said Bakersfield Police answered and told him his son, Ramon Reyes-Chavez, 2, had been kidnapped. 

Reyes said BPD went to his house to verify he didn't have his son. He said police told him new details in the disappearance of Reyes-Chavez.

Reyes said Chavez was with her ex-boyfriend in his car when they started arguing so she got out the car. The man took off with her son in the car, Reyes said.

From there is where Reyes said officers began their investigation. Detectives initiated a manhunt for Kaleb Kessinger, 20, on Thursday, who is believed to be linked to the disappearance and possible homicide of Reyes-Chavez.

Reyes told 23ABC he didn't know why Kessinger would want to hurt his son.

Police pulled a body of a toddler out of the Kern River Canyon Thursday afternoon and family confirmed to 23ABC that it was the body of Reyes-Chavez.

Ayled Chavez was arrested and charged with murder, felony child abuse and conspiracy. BPD found Kessinger Friday morning in a central Bakersfield hotel room.