NewsCovering Kern County


VIDEO: Man pays for Kaleb Kessinger's hotel room at the Travellodge before arrest

Enrique Romero tells 23ABC that's him in the video
Posted at 2:35 PM, May 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-10 20:40:44-04

23ABC is learning new details leading up to the arrest of Kaleb Kessinger, the man accused of killing his girlfriend's 2-year-old son.

Last month, the body of Ramon Angel Reyes-Chavez was found in the Kern River Canyon. 

RELATED: New details in the death of two-year-old boy found in the Kern River Canyon

In newly obtained surveillance video from the Travelodge, a man is seen paying for room 134, the same room Kessinger was staying in when police arrested him on April 28. A receipt for room 134 identifies Enrique Romero as the person who purchased and signed for the room.

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

23ABC interviewed Enrique Romero who said he did pay for Kessinger's room but did not know his friend was wanted for murder at the time. 

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

Romero says Kessinger is a "good guy" and doesn't think he would be capable of killing a child.