Florida Teen Who Cops Say Confessed to Strangling Mom Said He Deserved 'Grammy Award' for Emotional 911 Call
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said the teen seemed enthusiastic when he confessed.
The 15-year-old Florida boy accused of strangling his mom after an argument over a bad grade seemed enthusiastic during his confession, according to police.
“He said, ‘Ya want to take me out to the crime scene? I’ll show you exactly what I did.’ And he got out of that car and went to that crime scene like a little kid on Christmas morning down the steps and showed us and told us once again everything he had done to his mother,” Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood told Inside Edition.
The body of 46-year-old Gail Cleavenger was found buried in a shallow fire pit at a local church outside Orlando.
The sheriff said Ramos at first made up a story, telling police he had come home from school and found his house ransacked, his mom abducted by burglars.
“He even commented that he believed he deserved a Grammy award for the way he performed on his 911 call,” Chitwood added.
Ramos, a member of the Police Explorers Youth Group, wanted to be a homicide detective, officials said.
Lynn Hackett, Ramos’ next-door neighbor, told Inside Edition her son didn’t want to play with the teen.
“When they first moved in, I would try to get my son to have him over and play games and all. My son didn't want no part of it, ‘Mom, weird kid,’” she recalled.
Another neighbor, Larry Turner, said local residents are shattered by the slaying.
“You just want to cry, she was such a nice lady,” Turner said.
“The person she brought into this world and nurtured, she's staring at his eyes and he is trying to kill her. I cannot believe how that must have been for her,” the sheriff added.
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