A Florida mother, Patricia Ripley allegedly murdered her son and lied to police. While she killed her son living with autism, she lied he was abducted by two black men.
According to police reports, she was allegedly seen on surveillance video pushing her son, Alejandro Ripley, into a canal on Thursday evening; in an attempt to drown the child. Neighbors heard screams and came to the rescue of the 9-year-old boy.
At a press conference, Katherine Fernandez Rundle; Miami-Dade State Attorney reveals her sadness. “An hour later she brought him to a different canal, this time, unfortunately, there was no one there to save him.” She continued; “the tragic loss of a 9-year-old boy here and the loss of any young life, leaves us grieving. This boy’s senseless, senseless death will stay with us.” “The only voice in his life that he depended on to get through this world was his mom’s, and to think that that voice would be the one to harm him the most.” Alejandro Ripley was found dead on in a golf course waterway wearing a Captain America T-shirt, police reports say.
Patricia Ripley, 45, was held without bail on Saturday morning pending her first court appearance, Shes being charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree premeditated murder, and first-degree murder. She supposedly told police that while driving with her son on Thursday evening and was ambushed by two black men. She claimed they were armed; and demanded drugs. While she didn’t have any drugs, they then stole her cellular phone and abducted her son, in an unknown vehicle.
“As a parent, as a member of this community, I am deeply saddened about what happened to that young boy. For her to displace blame of her crime on another community is just as well as another crime that was committed. It is very disappointing”, said Freddie Ramirez – Miami-Dade Deputy Director.
“She admitted that she drove to the SW 62 Street and SW 138 Court at approximately 8:30 p.m. and parked near a canal. She then led the victim to the canal where he drowned. She stated he’s going to be in a better place,” arrest affidavit states. If convicted, Patricia Ripley faces a death sentence or life in prison without the possibility of parole.