Florida mom charged with the murder of son with autism

Cheryl Sanders
May 25, 2020

A 9-year-old boy with autism who was abducted in Miami-Dade County has been found dead, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Ripley's body was found in the area of SW 62 Street and 138 Court in Miami.

Patricia Ripley, 47, was arrested about 3 a.m. Saturday in the death of 9-year-old Alejandro Ripley, who was nonverbal, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Alejandro, who was non-verbal, died on Thursday night.

If convicted, Patricia Ripley faces a death sentence or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The Miami-Dade Police Department posted a picture of Ripley on their Twitter account Thursday night.

Ripley's 9-year-old son Alejandro Ripley was in the vehicle at the time, she told police.

Alejandro Ripley was found dead on Friday morning in a golf course waterway wearing a Captain America T-shirt, police said.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

She continued giving conflicting statements.

"As a parent, as a member of this community, I am deeply saddened about what happened to that young boy and then for her to displace blame of her crime on another community is just as well as another crime that was committed, it is very disappointed", said Ramirez.

Finally, Ripley recanted her story. "She states he's going to be in a better place".

"The driver of the unknown vehicle attempted to side-swipe her vehicle, forcing her to veer onto SW 158 Avenue", the Miami-Dade Police Department wrote in a press release.

Many questions remain, however, no further details of the case were immediately available.

Ripley was being held without bond.

About two dozen people gathered Friday for a memorial service for the boy outside The Friendship Circle of Miami, a center for children with special needs, Fox News reported.

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