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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.
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