Infant and mother dead after East Bakersfield pursuit, boyfriend Manuel Vela in police custody

Posted at 12:34 PM, Dec 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-12 21:03:17-05

UPDATE (Dec. 11, 2016, 4:55 a.m.): Manuel Vela has been booked into the Kern County Jail on nine felony counts and one misdemeanor.

His charges include two counts of first degree murder and charges of kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, mayhem, reckless evading of peace officers, obstructing/resisting an executive officer and assault on a child resulting in great bodily injury.

He is currently being held without bail and is scheduled to face a judge on December 13. 

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Katrina Rivera and her child, which you can find here.

An exam has been scheduled to determine the cause and death of Rivera and her child.


An infant and a woman are dead after a pursuit that ended in east Bakersfield on December 10.

According to the Kern County Sheriff's Office, deputies were sent to the 2500 block of Haley Street in northeast Bakersfield for a reported sighting of Manuel Vela, who was last seen with missing at-risk woman Katrina Rivera.

Vela fled when deputies arrived, kicking off a pursuit that went throughout east Bakersfield. Vela hit multiple cars during the chase and attempted to hit a CHP officer.

Vela was stopped near Mount Vernon and Flower Streets, close to East Bakersfield High School. Officers say that Vela exited the vehicle with an infant, whom he left at the scene and fled. Deputies were able to catch Vela and take him into custody.

The infant was taken to Kern Medical and was pronounced dead at the hospital. A deceased female was found in the suspect's vehicle; neither have been identified at this time.

KCSO says that charges against Vela will be released at a later time.

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