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MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Nine-year-old Alejandro Ripley is dead. And in a sinister twist, detectives and prosecutors are accusing his mother, Patricia Ripley, of killing him in southwest Miami-Dade County.

A day after she told police officers two men had abducted her son, the 45-year-old mother arrived at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center to face charges of first-degree murder and attempted premeditated murder. She is being held on Saturday without bond.

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said Saturday the mother had lied about the abduction. She said there is a video showing she pushed Alejandro about 7:30 p.m. Thursday into a canal at 103rd Avenue and Kendall Drive. Witnesses rescued Alejandro the first time, Fernandez Rundle said.

The second crime scene was at a canal at Southwest 62nd Street and 138th Court. During an interrogation, detectives said Patricia Ripley admitted to driving there about 8:30 p.m. and pushing him into the canal at the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club where he drowned.

“This time, unfortunately, there was no one there to save him,” Fernandez Rundle said.

Picture of son and mother

Detectives are accusing Patricia Ripley, 45, right of killing her 9-year-old son, Alejandro. (Miami-Dade Department of Corrections and Miami-Dade Police Department)

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