A shocking CCTV video of a 45-year-old Miami resident Patricia Ripley first attempt to drown her own son has surfaced online days after she was charged with his murder. 

The footage, reportedly taken from a nearby apartment complex, shows Ripley walking 9-year-old Alejandro along the West Kendall canal, during what seems to be a peaceful family outing. She tenderly strokes his hair and then forcefully pushes him into the water. She then immediately starts running away, looking back several times. About 20 seconds later she returns with a bystander who saw the boy in the water. 

Alejandro was rescued, but that did not stop his mother, who would later bring him to another canal and eventually drown him there. 

The boy suffered from autism, was nonverbal and still had to use diapers. Patricia has initially told the police that he was kidnapped by unknown two black men, who demanded drugs from her and also took her car and mobile devices. 

Alejandro’s body, dressed in a Capitan America T-Shirt,  was discovered in Miami-Dale, around 7:50 a.m. on May 22nd, floating in a canal in Kendale Lakes. The Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death as drowning.

Patricia eventually admitted to killing him, claiming that “he’s going to be in a better place,” reports New York Daily News. 

The investigators posses another surveillance video from a Home Depot that shows Ripley waiting in her parked car for more than 15 minutes before reporting the kidnapping. But it’s the video of her first attempt to drown Alejandro that is expected to be key evidence against her. She is currently awaiting trial for first-degree murder and attempted murder.

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