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Man accused of killing 2-year-old boy faces new charges of stealing from grandfather

FILE - Kaleb Jordan Kessinger is seen in a photo provided Thursday, April 26, 2018, by the Bakersfield Police Department.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – A man charged in the murder of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son is facing new charges in an unrelated case after allegedly stealing from his grandfather.

The little boy, Ramon Reyes-Chavez, was killed in April.

Last week, charges were filed against Kaleb Kessinger for allegedly stealing $1,200 from his 87-year-old grandfather in February.

Police claim Kessinger took his grandfather to the store, then grabbed his grandfather’s wallet and ran off, leaving his grandfather behind.

While investigating that incident, police conducted a probation search at Kessinger’s home and found several guns and items to indicate Kessinger associated with a street gang. One of the guns was reported as stolen, and police said they found a mostly homemade assault rifle.

Kessinger faces five charges from the February investigation.

He’s already in custody on charges from the child’s death. The boy’s mother, Ayled Chavez, is also charged with murder.

The coroner ruled Ramon was killed by blunt-force trauma, and police claim Chavez and Kessinger tried to hide the boy's death from officers. Ramon’s body was found in a remote area east of Bakersfield.

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