Patricia Ripley, 47, has been taken into custody and has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Alejandro Ripley, whose body was found in a canal near a Miami-area golf course early Friday morning.
As reported at the time by The Inquisitr, Ripley claimed that on Thursday night, she was driving when she was ran off the road by two men in a blue sedan. The driver was somehow able to block her and then they purportedly approached her, armed with a knife, demanding drugs. Ripley said that she told the men she didn’t have drugs, and they stole her cell phone and abducted her son.
Police issued an Amber Alert, and the next morning, following a massive search, his body was found in a canal not far from the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club.
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However, the mother’s story didn’t hold up. She gave police conflicting statements, and video footage surfaced that appeared to show Ripley pushing her son into the canal. Witnesses placed her at the scene of the crime as well.
“This time, unfortunately, there was no one there to save him,” Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said, according to Miami’s WPLG-TV.
An unidentified source close to the investigation said that security camera footage from a nearby Home Depot appeared to show her sitting in the parking lot, alone and without Alejandro, for around 20 minutes before she called police.
Under questioning, she recanted her story and allegedly admitted that she pushed the boy into the canal.
“She states he’s going to be in a better place,” police said.
Miami-Dade Police Department Director Alfredo Ramirez III said he was “heartbroken” that Alejandro had been killed, allegedly by his mother, saying that the lad was unable to speak and his mother was supposed to be his voice.
As of this writing, authorities are not discussing a possible motive for the crime.
Antoinette Uribe said that her son was a patient at the My Kid Therapy Center with Alejandro. She said that she knew the Ripley family.
“He was the world to his parents,” Uribe said.
On Friday, mourners and well-wishers attended a memorial service for Alejandro. Attendees, who were asked to respect social distancing practices during the event, remembered Alejandro as a sweet and happy boy.