15-Year-Old Confessed to Strangling Mom Over a Bad Grade: Cops

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A 15-year-old boy murdered his mother after an argument over bad grades, then staged her disappearance by recruiting two friends to help bury the body, and make the home look like it had been burglarized, according to deputies in Volusia County, Florida.

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

The teenager then used a wheelbarrow to take her to a van and buried her beneath a fire pit at River City Church on Friday morning, according to authorities.

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.

Ramos and his friends, 17-year-old Brian Porras and Dylan Ceglarek, went before a judge on Sunday.

"Chitwood says Ramos faces murder charges".

Ramos' father was away on business at the time of the killing.

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However the details did not add up after Cleavenger's architect firm said she didn't show up to work that morning. Once the evidence piled up against him, detectives say the boy alleged his mother was abusive and he "had to kill [his mother] before she killed him".

Police responded to reports of the burglary at the home on Friday afternoon. Then, police said, the teen returned home from school Friday and placed a call to 911 at 3:52 p.m., reporting a break-in.

Investigators spent hours talking with the son, Chitwood said at the Saturday press conference.

Friends say his mother was a loving woman whose last post on Facebook was a photo of her son when he was 6. There, he buried the body beneath a fire pit.

Chitwood added that this was "one of the most disturbing and saddest I've seen in my career".

"After an argument ... he went into her room and woke her up and began strangling her and strangled her until he killed her", Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said during a press conference. "I have a feeling this is a case we'll be hearing about for years to come", Chitwood said.

Ramos is being held at the Department of Juvenile Justice in Daytona, but Chitwood said he will push to have him tried as an adult.

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