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9-year-old boy found dead after abduction in Miami-Dade County

Alejandro Ripley snatched from mother's care by man demanding drugs
Posted at 12:35 AM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 09:17:38-04

A 9-year-old boy who was abducted in Miami-Dade County has been found dead, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

An Amber Alert had been issued Thursday night for Alejandro Ripley, who is autistic.

Miami-Dade police Detective Angel Rodriguez said the boy's mother, Patricia Ripley, 47, was driving west on Southwest 88th Street near Southwest 157th Avenue when she noticed she was being followed by a light blue, four-door sedan.

Rodriguez said the driver tried to side-swipe Ripley's car, forcing her to veer onto Southwest 158th Avenue.

The car then blocked her as a passenger got out of the car, ambushing Ripley and demanding drugs from her, Rodriguez said.

Ripley told the man she didn't have any drugs, at which time he snatched her son and cellphone, Rodriguez said. He then got back in the car, which sped away.

The FDLE didn't say how the boy died, and Miami-Dade police have not immediately commented.