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15 minutes. Patricia Ripley, the woman detained in Miami as allegedly responsible for the death of her nine-year-old autistic boy, tried to kill him twice the same day.

According to Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández-Rundle, Ripley threw his son Alejandro into a canal and an hour later he allegedly pushed him into a pond located inside a golf course. In this last place, Police found the boy’s lifeless body on Friday.

The same Thursday night Patricia Ripley, married and mother of another son, reported that Alejandro was kidnapped by two black men.

The news of the kidnapping caused shock in the public opinion of Miami for being a child and also with autism and unable to speak.

The case took an unexpected turn this Saturday with the news of the arrest of Alejandro Ripley’s mother. People who knew him described him as a “sweet” and “happy” child.


Patricia Ripley, 45, is being held without bail at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. Woman faces first degree murder charges and premeditated murder attempt.

She told the detectives who questioned her that Alejandro was now “in a better place”, according to the media.

The boy’s body was found this Friday in a lake located on the golf course near the place where, according to Patricia Ripley, the kidnapping occurred.


Alejandro’s mother denounced on Thursday night that the boy had been kidnapped by two black men who followed her and her son in a car while they were driving in their vehicle through an area of ​​southwest Miami.

At one point, according to her account with the police, the other car forced her to turn abruptly onto a street. The incident occurred in the parking lot of a home materials sales business.

One of the occupants of the other car got out and asked for drugs and when she told him that she didn’t have any, he hit her, took the boy and her cell phone and left.

Local media said that the police became suspicious of Alejandro’s mother when he verified through security cameras that instead of calling immediately after the alleged kidnapping, she was in the parking lot for a while.

As soon as the complaint was made, the Police activated a “amber alert”, rapid response mechanism in case of child abductions.

The police asked whoever came to see or knew the kidnappers not to approach them. They even activated a special telephone line to attend to this case.