New charges have been filed against a local man accused of murdering his girlfriend’s son, 2, and burying the body in the Kern River Canyon.
Kaleb Kessinger, 20, was recently charged with felony grand theft and gun charges along with misdemeanor charges of causing injury to an elder and receiving known stolen property.
On Feb. 12, a couple months moths before the young boy’s death, Kessinger went to the store with his 87-year-old grandfather where he allegedly stole his grandfather’s wallet then took off — leaving the elderly man behind, according to court documents.
Kessinger stole over $1,200 from his grandfather, the court documents state.
When investigating officers were notified, they saw Kessinger was already on probation for stolen property and narcotics. During a search of his bedroom, a loaded stolen glock was recovered along with two assault-style rifles, a shotgun, and an additional hand gun, according to the court documents.
In the Rosedale home, they also found Kessinger had a photo of a deceased West Side Crip on his wall. Kessinger has allegedly had numerous contacts with the West Side Crips, according to the documents and officers believe his numerous guns are related to his affiliation with the gang.
Kessinger, 20, and his girlfriend Ayled Chavez, 19, were arrested two months after this incident for first-degree murder of Ramon Angel Reyes-Chavez. The two are accused of murdering the boy, whose body was found buried Thursday, April 26 off a Kern River Canyon trail.
Both Chavez and Kessinger have pleaded not guilty to the murder charges.
Kessinger is due in court Wednesday for a pre-preliminary hearing on his latest charges.