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. It's also not clear why the California native was in Nevada at the time of his arrest.
An attorney for Andressian Sr., Daniel Nardoni of Pasadena, did not respond to several calls for comment.
Sheriff's officials have not provided specifics on any new evidence explaining the suspect's latest arrest.
Since that day, police departments and volunteers across Southern California have worked in tangent in a desperate but ultimately unsuccessful effort to bring 5-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr. home. She added she would not have authorized charges to be filed in the case if she wasn't confident a jury would convict the father. April 21. The department said in a statement that 35-year-old Aramazd Andressian Sr.is being held there on $10 million bail.
"Investigators believe that this is a pre-planned event", he said. He said he spoke to his client Thursday and his client contends he has no idea where his son is and is adamant he had nothing to do with his disappearance. She said she will miss "Piqui" - her pet name for her son - "each and every second of every day for the rest of my life". "I am counting the days until I see you honey, and I will never stop looking for you".
Aramazd Andressian Jr. has been missing since April 22, authorities said, after his father, Aramazd Andressian Sr., took him to a South Pasadena park where a custody exchange was to take place, authorities said.
The same day the child was reported missing, Andressian Sr., was found unconscious near his auto, which was parked at the Arroyo Seco Park in South Pasadena.
The mother told investigators she had handed off Aramazd to his father about 8 a.m. April 15 in Baldwin Park, authorities said.
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The father said he did not remember what happened to his child or any details that were useful in locating the boy, according to Mendoza, who said a prescription bottle was found inside Andressian's vehicle, which was doused with gasoline inside and out.
Authorities did not say Friday whether Andressian Jr.'s remains had been discovered.
At Monday's news conference, sheriff's officials said they believed the father was trying to kill himself.
"I will continue to believe my son is alive until (he is) found", she said. Police served search warrants at his South Pasadena home, as well as at the homes of other family members.
We are searching for this child, Aramazd Andressian, age five.
Search teams repeatedly returned to the Lake Cachuma Recreation Area in Santa Barbara County.
Mendoza also said Andressian Sr. gave investigators inaccurate information in interviews. Investigators have searched his home and his mother's home.
Andressian Sr. "has not been cooperative whatsoever" with investigators, and has told "untruths" during interviews, according to Mendoza.