A Bakersfield woman who was charged with murder in the 2010 death of her 4-year-old son has accepted a plea agreement stipulating she be sentenced to 12 years and four months in prison. 

Alexis Dixon, 34, pleaded no contest Thursday to charges of voluntary manslaughter and willful cruelty to a child, according to court records. The murder charge has been dropped.  

Sentencing is set for March 6.

The son, Mark Dixon, suffered blunt force trauma to his head and abdomen and there were "dozens and dozens" of scars on his body, Kern County sheriff's investigators said. 

County firefighters were called to the Dixon family's trailer April 23, 2010, to a report of a possible seizure, according to the Sheriff's Office. The boy was taken to Kern Medical Center, where due to the severity of his injuries he was flown to Valley Children's Hospital in Madera.

He died the next day.

According to court documents, Alexis Dixon told investigators she was napping while her husband was cleaning a drain near their travel trailer in the 22000 block of Stockdale Highway when she awoke to a loud thud in another room. She said she saw her son on the ground and tried to get him to stand up, but he began vomiting. 

She took the boy outside and placed him against a brick wall while she called for her husband, according to her statement to investigators. As she yelled for help, the boy slid down the wall and struck his head on a pole.

Investigators said the child's injuries were inconsistent with Alexis Dixon's explanations. 

She wasn't arrested until 2014, in part because tissue studies and more investigation were needed, sheriff's officials said.

A corpse with facial trauma was found Friday in fields northwest of Breckenridge and Edison roads, according to sheriff's officials.

Deputies were called to the area at about 12:15 p.m. and found the body of a woman who appeared to be Hispanic and in her early to mid-30s, sheriff's officials said. No weapons were located. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at 861-3110 or Secret Witness 322-4040.

A man was fatally shot Thursday evening in the 300 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Officers were called to a report of a gunshot victim at about 9:38 p.m. and located the man, who later died at a local hospital, police said.

The man's name will be released by the coroner's office. There is no suspect information, police said.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111 or Detective Fred Torres at 326-3273.

A 24-year-old woman who was charged with murder in a fatal alleged drunken driving crash had been found not competent to stand trial and criminal proceedings against her have been suspended.

Yoanna Aldaz will be sent to a state hospital until she is restored to competency, at which point the charges against her will be reinstated, prosecutor Brad Taconi said.

Aldaz was driving a minivan when she struck and fatally injured a motorcyclist Aug. 26 on South Union Avenue, according to court documents. She told investigators she smoked marijuana and drank three 24-oz. beers before getting behind the wheel.

She fled the scene on foot, but was tracked down hours later. An investigator wrote in court documents, "Aldaz showed no remorse for the victim but asked about her cellphone several times and stated that she wanted to get on Facebook."

The motorcyclist, Frank Richards, 46, died about an hour after the 9:30 p.m. crash. 

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