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COURT DOCS: Mom says boy's head was "hit by door of vehicle", died from injuries

Body of two-year-old Ramon Reyes-Chavez found
Posted at 1:04 PM, Apr 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-01 02:48:26-04

Court documents revealed 19-year-old Ayled Chavez told police her two-year-old 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 her boyfriend, Kaleb Kessinger. 

The documents went on to say that after Chavez had gotten her child back from her boyfriend, the child was still alive. However, she reported as they tried getting medical attention for the child, he died, according to court documents. 

Both Chavez and her boyfriend then "drove to a remote area, where they left the child's body", according to court documents. 

The documents said Chavez and her boyfriend later returned to the remote area and buried the body of the child. 

The child's body was later found with "traumatic injuries throughout his body", according to the documents. 

On Monday, April 30th the Kern County Coroner confirmed the body of the two-year-old was Ramon Angel Reyes-Chavez.

The body of the toddler was found in the Kern River Canyon on Thursday, April 26th.

The boy's mother, Ayled Chavez, 19, was arrested Thursday afternoon and charged with murder, felony child abuse, and conspiracy.

After the arrest of Chavez, Bakersfield Police went on a manhunt for the man wanted in connection to the death fo the two-year-old. 

The manhunt for Kessinger, 20, ultimately ended on Friday, April 28th, according to Bakersfield Police.

Police found Kessinger in a room at the Travel Lodge on Oak Street in central Bakersfield. 

Kessinger, was taken into custody and taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries sustained from a car crash Wednesday night.

Kessinger was booked on felony charges including first-degree murder, custodian assault of a child, reckless evading a peace officer and driving with a suspended or revoked license. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of obstructing or resisting a peace officer. 

The investigation into the disappearance of the toddler began around 8:40 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25th police said.

During the investigation, detectives developed information leading them to believe that Reyes-Chavez was the victim of a homicide. Detectives identified Kessinger as a suspect on Thursday, April 26th.

They attempted to contact him when they saw him driving his car in the 3400 block of Nighthawk Lane, but were not successful.

Officers said he later crashed his car near Calloway Drive and Olive Drive. He was last seen running from the area.

Chavez was in court on Monday, April 30th and plead not guilty. Her bail was set at $1,000,000. She is expected back in court on May 9th at 9 a.m.

Kessinger's bail was also set at $1,000,000 and is also expected back in court on May 9th at 9 a.m.