Published: Wed, November 07, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Year Old Son Charged With Murder In Mother's Death

Year Old Son Charged With Murder In Mother's Death

The 15-year-old boy confessed to strangling his mother, 46-year-old Gail Cleavenger, with a rope in their family's home early Friday then using a wheelbarrow to load her into her van and bury her beneath a fire pit, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.

Detectives responding to that call around 3:52 p.m. began investigating what initially was reported as a burglary, supposedly discovered by Ramos after he came home from school.

Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood took Spectrum News behind the River City Church to a trail that deputies say the teens used to access a fire pit, where they allegedly buried Cleavenger's body.

He and his cronies are then accused of ransacking his home to make it look like it had been burgled, with Ramos abducted, before going to buy drinks.

Police say Ramos and his mother got into a bad argument after he came home with a "D" in one of his subjects.

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"No sign of remorse whatsoever", Chitwood told reporters Saturday. Chitwood said the boy is one of the "top three sociopaths" he has ever encountered, calling him a "soulless individual". Photos of Ramos showed markings on his face which the Sheriff's Office believes are from his mother fighting back, detectives said. They are also charged in connection with Cleavenger's murder. The next morning, the suspect allegedly went to school, returned home, then called 911 to report his mother missing.

Detectives ultimately found Cleavenger's body in her burial site at River City Church in the early-morning hours Saturday.

Two 17-year-olds who Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said helped the boy hide the crime were released Sunday into home detention, where they'll wear ankle monitors.

Sgt. A.J. Pagliari, with the Sheriff's Major Case Unit, said at a press conference that the teen confessed to the crime after his two friends came clean, which led to them being charged with accessory to first-degree murder.

None of the defendants entered any pleas and it wasn't immediately clear if they would be tried as adults. The friends, both juveniles, are also in custody and facing multiple criminal charges.

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