Florida Mother Who Reported Abduction of Nine-Year-Old Autistic Son is Now Charged With His Murder

Alejandro Ripley.
Miami-Dade Police Department

A Florida mother who told police that her 9-year-old son with autism was abducted from the parking lot of a Home Depot in Miami has now been charged in his murder.

Patricia Ripley was taken into custody late Friday night and charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and premeditated murder in the death of her son, Alejandro Ripley.

Alejandro, who was nonverbal, was found dead Friday morning, hours after authorities issued an Amber Alert and launched an intensive search for him.

Patricia Ripley.
Miami Dade Corrections

“We are very sad to report that the child was found deceased,” the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said.

Police have obtained a video showing that Ripley pushed Alejandro into a canal around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said at a news conference on Saturday.

Residents heard screaming, found the child and they rescued him.

Rundle said about an hour later, Ripley went to a different canal and “this time, unfortunately, there was no one there to save him.”

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SOURCE: NBC News, Minyvonne Burke