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Mother of toddler whose body was found in the Kern River Canyon released from prison

Chavez released exactly one year after initial arrest
Posted at 5:00 PM, Apr 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-30 20:02:01-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Ayled Chavez, the mother of the boy whose body was found in the Kern River Canyon has been released from prison exactly one year to the day she was initially arrested.

Chavez was sentenced in December to two years in prison. She was released Friday, April 26, which is also a year to the date of when her 2-year-old child, Ramon Angel Reyes-Chavez, was found in the Kern River Canyon.

In December, she pleaded no contest to willful cruelty of a child. Additional charges including a first degree murder charge and assault of child under 8 resulting in death were both dismissed as part of a plea deal.

The California Department of Corrections said that Chavez completed her sentence and was released to probation supervision on April 26. Chavez served 257 days prior to her sentence and was credited for 256 for good behavior. She began serving her sentence in January.

The District Attorneys Office confirmed to 23ABC News that Chavez's plea deal requires her to testify truthfully in the case against boyfriend Kaleb Kessinger if called by the prosecution.

Kessinger was in court last week and his trial date is scheduled for August 12. He was charged with three felony's including first-degree murder and assault of a child under 8 resulting in death.

Kessinger was in court the same day that Chavez was released from prison.

Court documents showed that 19-year-old Ayled 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 her boyfriend, Kaleb Kessinger.