Miami-Dade woman who claimed that two car thieves had kidnapped her young autism son now faces murder charges after apparently admitting to killing the boy, telling police: “He is going to be in a best place, “reports said.
Patricia Ripley, 47, was arrested Saturday around 3 a.m. following the death of Alejandro Ripley, 9, non-verbal, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Alejandro’s body was found in a canal near a golf course near where he was last seen Thursday evening.
Ripley first told authorities that two men in a light blue sedan interrupted her while she was driving, blocked her van and asked for drugs. When she insisted that she did not have one, a man took her cell phone and grabbed her son before they left, she said.
The big story prompted Florida cops to issue a statewide Amber alert for Alejandro, who was not verbal.
But after hours of interrogation and confronted with surveillance footage of the married mother of two pushing the child into the canal, Ripley became clear, according to the Miami Herald.