Miami Mother Pleads Not Guilty in 2020 Case of Alleged Drowning of Autistic Son amid Judge Shuffle

Mocobizscene- The case of Patricia Ripley, the Miami-Dade mother who admitted to the tragic drowning of her 9-year-old autistic son in 2020, has taken a new twist in court. According to NBC Miami, Ripley has been assigned a new judge for her upcoming trial, which includes charges of first-degree murder. The proceedings will now be overseen by Associate Administrative Judge Marisa Tinkler Mendez, and are expected to begin in 2025.

During a brief arraignment via video conference, Ripley’s attorney, Susy Ribero-Ayala, entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of her client and requested discovery. This comes after extensive delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The court had previously mentioned surveillance footage that purportedly shows Ripley pushing her son Alejandro into a canal at the Kendall Acres Condominium complex. However, she allegedly made another attempt at a different location later that evening.

Ripley’s case first caught the attention of the entire nation when she reported to the police that she had been abducted. She claimed that a man had forced her off the road and demanded drugs before taking her son and a tablet. However, she later admitted that this entire incident was fabricated. As a result, she now faces additional felony charges, including child abuse and filing a false crime report. Ripley is currently in jail without bond. The date for the grand jury presentation is still uncertain, as reported by Local10.

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