Florida woman who lied that Black men kidnapped son admits to drowning him, Miami cops say

Patricia Ripley

Miami woman has been arrested for the drowning death of her son after originally telling authorities two Black men kidnapped him.

Patricia Ripley, a resident of Miami’s West Kendall community, was taken into custody for the murder of Alejandro Ripley, a 9-year-old with severe autism.

Ripley, 47, initially told Miami-Dade Police Department last Thursday that two Black men came to her home and held her at knife-point in a robbery, claiming that they took the boy and her phone.

An amber alert went out for Alejandro and his body was found the following day in a pond at the Miccosukee Golf & Country Club.

According to the Miami Herald, Miami-Dade investigators became suspicious of Ripley as several inconsistencies came up in her several accounts of the alleged kidnapping. According to the police report, video surveillance footage showed Ripley pushing her son “into the canal.”


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