Father of Missing 5-Year-Old SoCal Boy Arrested on Murder Charges

  • Father of Missing 5-Year-Old SoCal Boy Arrested on Murder Charges

Father of Missing 5-Year-Old SoCal Boy Arrested on Murder Charges

FILE - In this Thursday, May 18, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles County Sheriff and South Pasadena Police departments search a drain in the Arroyo Seco wash in South Pasadena, Calif., looking for 5-year-old Aramazd Andressian, Jr., who has been missing since April 22.

Aramazd Andressian Sr., 35, was arrested Friday in Las Vegas and is being held on $10 million bail, deputies said. This arrest occurred on #April 22, on the same day when Aramazd Andressian was to return his son to his ex-wife.

Hundreds of law enforcement officials, family members and volunteers have searched for the man's 5-year-old son, Aramazd Andressian Jr., who was last seen on April 21 while he was in his father's custody, authorities said.

Mug shot of Aramazd Andressian Sr., who was booked on murder charges for the death of his 5-year-old son.

Aramazd Andressian has reportedly not been co-operating with the police. He'll be returned from Las Vegas to Los Angeles after extradition proceedings, according to a sheriff's department statement.

Sheriff's investigators said they would provide more details about the case at a press conference on Monday.

Nicole Nishida, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's department, declined to say what evidence led to Andressian's arrest.

The father was initially arrested on suspicion of child endangerment but later released.

In addition to trying to locate Aramazd, police are still trying to determine why the boy's father was passed out in the park.

Posters showing Aramazd Andressian Jr. and Sr. are shown at a news conference on May 17, 2017. He was last seen the day before while with his father, who failed to turn over the child to his mother for a scheduled custody exchange.

"I was at the park with my son, and then I found myself waking up in Huntington Memorial Hospital hours later", the statement said. His father was found unconscious that morning at a South Pasadena park, authorities said. He told investigators he had arrived at the park with his son and waited for the golf course to open, and admitted ingesting prescription medication that was not prescribed to him, Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Joe Mendoza said earlier.

Detectives also served a warrant at the Montebello home of the boy's paternal grandmother on May 25.

Searchers have fanned out across several counties to try to find the boy, at least twice narrowing their search around a lake area in Santa Barbara County.

'To my son, this message is for you my love: be courageous, honey, ' Ana Estevez said through tears on May 18. He says I never would do such things like that to my child.