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She has been arrested, charged with first degree murder and remains in jail without bail
Alejandro Ripley’s mother reported the kidnapping of the boy in a Home Depot in Southwest Miami.
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The mother of the Miami-Dade boy who was found dead after allegedly being kidnapped has been arrested early Saturday morning. According to Miami-Dade Correctional Center records, Patricia Ripley, 45, She was arrested and charged with first degree murder.
The body of his 9-year-old son, Alejandro Ripley, was discovered on Friday morninghours after the Florida Police Department issued an amber alert for the boy.
After telling police her son had been violently abducted, 45-year-old Patricia Ripley has been charged with the boy’s murder https://t.co/S3aXRYDHJJ pic.twitter.com/scjAsjzhS6
– WPLG Local 10 News (@ WPLGLocal10) May 23, 2020
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Miami-Dade police confirmed thatA body of what appeared to be a child had been found in the Southwest area., between 62nd Street and 138th Court. The images showed the body in a waterway near the Miccosukee Golf & Country Club.
Miami-Dade Police Detective Chris Thomas told reporters at a press conference on Friday that someone reported the body on the canal shortly before 8am.
UPDATE: Patricia Ripley, the West Kendall mother who initially claimed her severely autistic 9-year-old son had been kidnapped, ultimately admitted she was to blame for the child’s death at a canal and “he’s going to be in a better place” police said. https://t.co/InqE1m0tIg
– Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) May 23, 2020
Initially, officers responded to the parking lot of a Home Depot at 15750 Southwest 88th Street Thursday night looking for Ripley, whom they described as autistic and non-verbal.
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Miami-Dade police said Ripley’s mother told authorities he was driving on southwestern 88th street when he noticed that they were being followed by an unknown vehicle trying to fence off his vehicle.
Patricia Ripley said the other vehicle forced her to veer off to 158th Southwest Avenue and she was blocked. Meanwhile, she said, the passenger in the other vehicle ambushed her and demanded drugs.
Miami Dade Police Detectives arrived at TGK with a mother who they say killed her 9 year old autistic son Alejandro Ripley and told investigators that he was abducted near a Home Depot store in Southwest Miami Dade. Patricia Ripley is facing first degree murder charges. pic.twitter.com/lZHqCAyOCg
– WIL [ i.am. Mr. Wilson] SON (@ Wilsonews2020) May 23, 2020
The woman explained that she replied that she had no drugs, and he took her cell phone and the boy. He said they fled in the other car.
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The cameras captured the moment when Patricia was taken to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in handcuffs.
Police have not commented on the arrest, but according to records, Patricia is being held without bond.