California father accused of killing son to appear in court

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After a two-month search for five-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr., Andressian Sr. was taken into custody at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) with $10 million bail, according to KTLA News.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office holds a conference Monday morning to discuss new information on the case of a missing 5-year-old Pasadena boy.

Andressian Jr. was last seen leaving Disneyland with his father around 1 a.m. on April 21.

Aramazd was supposed to be dropped off by his father in San Marino, California, on April 22 - but the elder Andressian failed to show. Authorities contend Andressian Sr. has spent the last 47 days in the Las Vega area, modifying his appearance and believed he would fly to a country where he could not be extradited.

Detectives believe a 5-year-old California boy who has been missing for two months was killed by his father after a family trip to Disneyland.

"I felt very sad", Levon Asatourian, Andressian Sr.'s uncle, told NBC4 Friday night. "My heart is shattered and I will miss my son immensely...for the rest of my life".

A Los Angeles County sheriff's spokeswoman wouldn't say what evidence led to Andressian's arrest. They also said his statements on what happened to his son were "convoluted and contradictory".

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

Andressian Sr. was found later that morning, unconscious in a South Pasadena park. Investigators say that before his arrest in Las Vegas, he was socializing and behaving in a way not consistent of a grieving father. The arrest follows a murder charge issued by the Los Angeles County district attorney. Sheriff's officials say the father had taken prescription pills and was found in a vehicle doused in gasoline. Rather than speaking through a lawyer, she spoke directly to the public.

At Monday's news conference, sheriff's officials said they believed the father was trying to kill himself. But the department would give no further details on what that evidence was, whether the evidence came from the search at Andressian's or his mother's house, or what Andressian was doing in Nevada.

The father's attorney, Robert Nardoni, said his client is innocent.

Andressian has been uncooperative and given false information to investigators since he was placed under suspicion, Mendoza said. "I hope and pray for the safe return of my only child, my namesake", he said in the statement obtained by KTLA-TV in Los Angeles. In a Friday afternoon statement, Ana Estevez thanked community members for their support but maintained her belief that her son is still alive. Investigators have searched his home and his mother's home. She said in a statement: "Piqui was everything great in my life, and I can not imagine the emptiness and void that I will bear until we are together again some day".

The case remains under investigation, and anyone with information is urged to call the sheriff's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500, or leave an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers by dialing 800-222-8477.

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