Wichita mom, boyfriend charged with murder in 2-year-old boy's death

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Stephanie Aviles and Bernardo Gonzalez-Mejia Stephanie Aviles and Bernardo Gonzalez-Mejia
Jacob Aviles (GoFundMe) Jacob Aviles (GoFundMe)

A Wichita mother and her boyfriend have been charged with first-degree felony murder in the death of a 2-year-old boy. 

Stephanie Aviles, 24, and Bernardo Gonzalez-Mejia, 31, were each charged Thursday with the death of 2-year-old Jacob Aviles. 

Officers responded at around 11 a.m. Sunday to the report of a toddler not breathing at a home in the 1100 block of West Munnell, near Kellogg and Seneca.

Capt. Brent Allred said the boyfriend called Aviles, who was out running an errand, and told her the boy was not breathing. She then "eventually called 911."

The child was pronounced dead at the scene. 

"Through the investigation, the boy was found to have extensive bruising on his body, which led to the two arrests," Allred said in a news release. 

Officers initially arrested Aviles for aggravated child endangerment and Gonzalez-Mejia for child abuse. A 6-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl were also taken into protective custody.

"Jacob was a fun loving two year old boy, who loved to play and watch movies," his grandmother, Adelis Aviles, said on a GoFundMe page. "He loved spending time with his siblings, his mother and grandparents."

Police have not provided additional details on how the boy died. 

Gonzalez-Mejia remains jailed on $250,000 bond, and Aviles' bond was set at $300,000. Their next court appearance was scheduled for October 17.

Allred said there was a DCF report from 2015 and a prior police report regarding the family. Neither involved abuse. 

Resources to help families from the Kansas Children's Service League:

Parent Helpline 1-800-CHILDREN and Mobile App

Links to Parent Tip cards (English and Spanish) and Guide to Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

Crisis Nursery:
free, short-term care services in Wichita for children when parents are experiencing a crisis or extreme stress
call 316.942.4261 x1312 to see if you qualify

Healthy Families Kansas: free, reliable support for expecting moms and parents of newborns; home visitation services available in 24 counties (see full list at link) and in English and Spanish

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