Mother accused in death of her 2-year-old son accepts plea deal in exchange for testimony


A 19-year-old woman accused in the death of her 2-year-old son has accepted a plea deal in exchange for testimony against her boyfriend also accused in the crime.

Ayled Chavez, the mother of 2-year-old Ramon Angel Reyes-Chavez, pleaded no contest to a charge of willful cruelty to a child, while two other felonies — first-degree murder and assault to a child — were dropped.

Kern County prosecutor Nick Lackie told 17 News, Chavez accepted a two-year prison sentence and will testify against her boyfriend Kaleb Kessinger.

Chavez and Kessinger are both accused of playing a role in the death of Ramon Angel Reyes-Chavez. 

The 2-year-old’s body was found buried in the Kern River Canyon in late April.

Chavez initially told police someone kidnapped the toddler, but investigators say Chavez and Kessinger buried the boy together after he died in Kessinger’s care.

Kessinger is also accused of stealing from his grandfather, illegally owning guns and for having gang ties.

Reports say in February, a search of Kessinger’s bedroom resulted in the seizure of several guns, including rifles and a handgun that were reported stolen.

Kessinger is scheduled to appear in court next month for a readiness hearing. His trial for murder is scheduled for Jan. 22.

Chavez is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 7, 2019.

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