15-year-old boy strangles mother to death and buries her under a fire pit after argument over a 'D' grade
Gregory's confession came after he initially told the officials that his mother had dropped him off to school on Friday, but police found out she hadn't been to work that day.
A 15-year-old boy was arrested after he confessed to strangling his architect mother to death and burying her body under a fire pit. The teenager, identified as Gregory Logan Ramos, then tried to stage his home in an effort to make it look like a burglary. The boy reportedly killed his 46-year-old mother, Gail Cleavenger, at their home in DeBarry after the duo argued about him getting a 'D' grade at school, according to police. Gregory is currently being held at the Department of Juvenile Justice in Daytona.
Reports state that after the murder, the teenager teamed up with his friends from University High School, 17-year-old Dylan Ceglarek and Brian Porras, to make it look like Cleavenger was murdered during a break-in, the Daily Mail reported.
Gregory confessed to killing his mother after they argued about him getting a D grade at 11pm on Thursday night, hours after that, he woke her up at around 12:30 am on Friday and cut off her air supply by strangling her.
Volusia Sheriff Mike Chitwood said: "He went into her room and woke her up and began strangling her and strangled her till he killed her," adding that the motive for the murder was "rage." Reports state that Gregory's mother, between their argument, had called his father, Danny Cleavenger, who was away on a business trip in Seattle, to tell him about their child's school grade. The husband found out about her death on Friday night when he returned home.
The teenager, in his confession, said that he had used a wheelbarrow to move her body into the family van and then drove to the River City Church, about 1.5 miles away, to bury his mother's body in a fire pit.
While he was attempting to hide the body, his friends staged the break-in and kicked the door in, took some items from the house and even left the van's engine running. Chitwood, at a press conference, said: "Gregory then got home and made in his words a "Grammy-winning phone' call to 911 to talk about this horrible incident that did not really occur."
Gregory's confession came after he initially told the officials that his mother had dropped him off to school on Friday morning. However, the details did not add up after the officials checked Cleavenger's architect firm, which said that she had not shown up to work that morning.
"Just the whole scenario, the whole thing, the crime scene, when you start interviewing the kid - things were just not adding up. Things were amiss from the very beginning," Chitwood said.