Mother of 9-year-old boy with autism accused of killing him in Florida Amber Alert case

Credit: Miami Dade Corrections, FDLE

MIAMI (WTSP/AP) — Alejandro Ripley was sadly found dead hours after an Amber Alert was issued Friday. Now, his mother has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

According to the Miami Dade Corrections website, Patricia Ripley, 45, was booked into jail early Saturday morning. She's been charged with premeditated murder.

365体育外围投注The says Ripley admitted to police that she was responsible for Alejandro's death and told officers "he's going to be in a better place."

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365体育外围投注Authorities said Alejandro Ripley had autism and was non-verbal.

365体育外围投注Alejandro's body was found Friday floating in a small lake at the Miccosukee Gold and Country Club in Miami and that officers noted trauma to his head, according to .

The mother initially told investigators she was driving around 9 p.m. Thursday when she noticed she was being followed by a vehicle and then the driver tried to side-swipe her.

She said the car then blocked her vehicle and a passenger got out and demanded drugs from her, police said.

An investigation is continuing.

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