Father Charged With Murdering 5-Year-Old Son He Had Reported Missing

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says the father of a 5-year-old who has been missing for two months has been arrested on suspicion of his son's murder.

A South Pasadena man arrested on suspicion of murdering his missing 5-year-old son had been preparing to flee the country, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said Monday.

The sheriff's office in Los Angeles is said to have worked with authorities in Vegas to make the arrest after investigators provided LA County prosecutors with evidence. Aramazd Andressian Jr., whose body has not been found, was last seen in person when his mother handed him off to her estranged husband for a scheduled visit on April 15. The father's attorney called the disappearance a mystery and has said his client had gaps in his memory.

Andressian told investigators he took his son to the Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in Santa Barbara County the day after the boy's last sighting, but there have been no confirmed sightings of the boy there.

"If my son went missing, I'd be doing the same thing (Andressian Jr.'s mother) Ana (Estevez) was doing - handing out fliers, going out to search - not socializing in Vegas", Mendoza said. He's not facing any local charges and is awaiting extradition to Los Angeles. Aramazd Andressian Jr. has been missing for more than two months despite an extensive search by investigators that reached from his hometown to Santa Barbara.

Mendoza also said Andressian Sr. gave investigators inaccurate information in interviews.

He told police he had taken prescription pills that belonged to someone else and did not know what had happened to his son. His father was found unconscious that morning at a South Pasadena park, authorities said.

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Andressian Sr. was booked at the Metropolitan Police Department with a bail set at $10 million dollars and will be extradited to LA County. According to Andressian Sr., he believes he may have been attacked while at the park.

A murder weapon has not been found, but authorities have lots of circumstantial evidence in the case, as well as new evidence that has not been shared with the public, Mendoza said. The toddler was last seen April 20 at Disneyland in Anaheim with his father.

Officials are expected to talk about the arrest at a news conference on Monday.

Almost a week after the boy was reported missing, Andressian released a statement through his attorney. Police have alleged that the inside of his auto was doused with gasoline and there were matches in his vehicle.

Estevez contacted police at 9 a.m. on April 22 to report her son missing. "I am counting the days until I see you honey, and I will never stop looking for you".

The body of Aramazd Andressian Jr. has not been found and investigators would not release specific details of what led to the filing of the murder charge, but said there is strong circumstantial evidence in the case to prove the boy was killed by his father, Aramazd Andressian Sr.