MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — A grand jury has indicted Miami mother, Patricia Ripley, for first-degree murder in the drowning death of 9-year-old son with autism and prosecutors say they’ll pursue the death penalty.
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She’s accused of the May 21 death of Alejandro Ripley. The boy suffered from severe autism and couldn’t speak.
Police say his mother initially called 911 and said two Black men took her son after running her off a road and took the boy. The call led to an Amber Alert.READ MORE: Florida Democrats Want Budget Priorities To Be More 'People Centered'
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His body was found the next day in a canal a few miles away.
However, police have surveillance video which they say shows Ripley pushing the boy into a canal, but witnesses rescued him and sent them on their way.
After that, prosecutors say, she drove him to another canal at a Kendall Lakes golf course, where he drowned.MORE NEWS: Third Miami-Dade Teen Charged With Making School Threat
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