MIAMI (WGHP) -- A mother who initially told police that her son was abducted in Florida admitted during an interrogation that she led him to a canal where the 9-year-old was later found dead, an arrest affidavit says.
Contradicting witness statements and video footage later surfaced, and she admitted to her son's death. Ripley was arrested and charged with with first-degree murder and first-degree premeditated attempted murder, according to the affidavit.
The boy's body was found hours later. Video footage shows Ripley pushing the victim into a canal around 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Nearby residents heard screaming, found Alejandro in the canal and rescued him, said Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. Ripley took Alejandro to a different canal an hour later where the boy drowned, the affidavit said.