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Mother of 9-year-old boy with autism accused of killing him in Florida Amber Alert case

Alejandro Ripley was found dead Friday after an Amber Alert was issued in Florida.
Credit: Miami Dade Corrections, FDLE

MIAMI (WTSP/AP) — Alejandro Ripley was sadly found dead hours after an Amber Alert was issued Friday. Now, his mother has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

According to the Miami Dade Corrections website, Patricia Ripley, 45, was booked into jail early Saturday morning. She's been charged with premeditated murder.

The Miami Herald says Ripley admitted to police that she was responsible for Alejandro's death and told officers "he's going to be in a better place."

Authorities said Alejandro Ripley had autism and was non-verbal.

Alejandro's body was found Friday floating in a small lake at the Miccosukee Gold and Country Club in Miami and that officers noted trauma to his head, according to Local 10.

The mother initially told investigators she was driving around 9 p.m. Thursday when she noticed she was being followed by a vehicle and then the driver tried to side-swipe her.

She said the car then blocked her vehicle and a passenger got out and demanded drugs from her, police said.

An investigation is continuing.