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Police: Miami mom faked son's abduction, faces murder charge

Posted at 11:03 AM, May 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-24 11:03:57-04

MIAMI -- Officials say a Miami woman faked her son's abduction and instead led him to a canal where he drowned.

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle says 45-year-old Patricia Ripley is also facing attempted and premeditated murder charges because she pushed the boy into another canal the same night, but witnesses rescued 9-year-old Alejandro Ripley the first time.

The mother first claimed she was ambushed by two black men who demanded drugs and took her son late Thursday.

The boy's body was found early Friday at a golf course canal.