Southern States Violent Crime

Woman Admits to Drowning Her Autistic Child to Send Him to Better Place

Woman Admits to Drowning Her Autistic Child to Send Him to Better Place

Detectives are accusing Patricia Ripley, 45, right of killing her 9-year-old son, Alejandro.

Detectives are accusing Patricia Ripley, 45, right of killing her 9-year-old son, Alejandro. (Miami-Dade Department of Corrections and Miami-Dade Police Department)

Patricia Ripley, the West Kendall mother who initially claimed her severely autistic 9-year-old son had been kidnapped, ultimately admitted she was to blame for the child’s death at a canal and said “he’s going to be in a better place.”

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Authorities said the murder was well-planned — she actually tried drowning Alejando earlier but was thwarted when a good Samaritan stepped in and rescued the boy from the water and returned the boy to his mother.

“An hour later, she brought the boy to a different canal … this time, there was no one there to save him,” Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said at a press conference.

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