Autistic boy’s body, 9, ‘pushed twice into Florida channel by his mother, showed signs of head trauma’
The body of a nine-year-old autistic boy who was found drowned in a Florida channel was also said to have shown signs of head trauma.
Alejandro Ripley’s mother, 45-year-old Patricia, faked her son’s kidnapping after trying to drown him twice, police said. Witnesses saved the boy from a canal the first time; the second attempt ended in the boy’s death, officials said Saturday.
The Miami-Dade medical examiner, who considered his death a murder, said on Tuesday that the non-verbal youngster had drowned. Sources told Room 10 he also had head trauma.
Patricia Ripley is now facing a premeditated murder attempt after Alejandro was found in the Miami channel on Friday.
Horrifying footage, released Monday, appeared to be seen pushing her son into the water, which police said was her first attempt to kill him.
Image material obtained by Univision shows Ripley walking with Alejandro, stroking his head and then seeming to push him into the canal. She then runs off the screen before returning with neighbors who have rescued the boy.
Patricia Ripley, 45, faces first-degree murder attempt. Alejandro was right, autistic and non-verbal. He was found floating on a canal in Miami on Friday
Patricia Ripley is pictured above with son Alejandro, nine. Fernandez Rundle said Ripley apparently tried to drown her son an hour earlier in the Kendall Acres Condominium complex, but locals heard shouting and rescuing him. Then, said Fernandez Rundle, Ripley drove her son to another channel at the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club
This is the horrifying moment when a mother seems to be pushing her autistic son down a channel in what police say was her first attempt to kill him
In a Saturday interview, Miami-Dade attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said Ripley apparently tried to drown her son in the Kendall Acres Condominium complex, where the footage was taken, but locals saved him.
Then, Fernandez Rundle said, Ripley drove her son to another channel at the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club.
“Unfortunately when she took him to the second channel, and nobody was there,” said Fernandez Rundle. “She tried it once and people saved him. He was alive. He could have survived. She planned to kill him from all the facts of the case. ‘
The boy’s father, Aldo Ripley, broke down in tears after hearing on Saturday’s bond. In between sobs, he said, “We love Alejandro and we are haunted by what they said about my wife. It is not real.’
He added, “I don’t agree with what they said about my wife.” He told 7News“All I will say is that we love our lives.”
Alejandro’s brother wrote online, “For those who know my family, brother, mother, father, you know. Thank you and God bless. ‘
Police say Ripley tried to drown her son in the Kendall Acres Condominium complex, where the images were taken, but locals heard shouting and rescuing him. Then, said Fernandez Rundle, Ripley drove her son to another channel at the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club
Aldo Ripley broke down in tears after hearing a bond court on Saturday. In between sobs, he said, “We love Alejandro and we are haunted by what they said about my wife. It is not real’
Aldo Ripley in the photo with his wife Patricia and two sons, including Alejandro, left
Miami-Dade state attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said Patricia Ripley faces first-degree murder attempt and is being held without prison
Miami-Dade state attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said that Patricia Ripley faces an attempted first-degree murder and is being held without prison.
Fernandez Rundle said an autopsy was performed on Saturday to determine if he had other injuries or perhaps had something toxic in his system. She said no decision has yet been made as to whether prosecutors will demand the death penalty.
Fernandez Rundle also noted that because the boy was non-verbal, he had been unable to tell his first rescuers what had happened to his mother.
“He can’t say anything to his rescuers. We are talking about children who are voiceless. This is another level of voicelessness. He couldn’t say “Mommy put me in the water.” ‘
Lawyer Nelson Rodriguez-Varela said he was gathering a legal team, so she [Patricia] has the ability to justify her reputation ”and asked the public to reserve a judgment for when more information comes out.
“There is clearly a lot of support for her,” he said. “She has been an excellent mother in every way, an excellent person, a wonderful family as you can see from the people here.”
Footage shows as Ripley walks with Alejandro before seeming to push him into the water. She then runs off the screen before returning with the neighbors who saved the boy
Patricia Ripley, 45, faked Alejandro Ripley’s kidnapping after trying to drown him twice, with witnesses rescuing the boy from a Florida channel the first time, and the second attempt ended in the boy’s death, officials said Saturday
Miami-Dade police say the mother first claimed she had been ambushed by two black men who were requesting drugs and taking her cellphone, tablet and son with her before fleeing Thursday night, leading to an Amber Alert in the area south of Miami.
The boy’s body was pulled from a golf course channel early Friday while police continued to question the woman.
An affidavit says that she made “contradictory statements” and was eventually confronted with witness statements and video footage of the first attempt to push the boy into the channel.
The document says that she retracted her story and admitted that she had driven to a different location and led the boy to another channel saying “he will be in a better place.”
Agents can be seen above where the boy’s body was found
Alejandro’s body was found floating in water at the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club