Sheriff: Man killed missing son, 5, after Disneyland trip

Sheriff: Man killed missing son, 5, after Disneyland trip

The father of a Southern California 5-year-old who has been missing for two months was arrested Friday afternoon in Las Vegas on suspicion of his son's murder, authorities said.

Aramazd Andressian Sr. remained in custody following his arrest in Las Vegas on Friday and is expected to be arraigned in Los Angeles later this week, L.A. County Sheriff's Department officials said at a news conference. They said they had presented evidence in the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office and obtained a murder filing against the suspect.

Witnesses had last seen the boy two days prior when his father and two relatives took him to Disneyland.

Detectives believe Andressian killed his son in an attempt to get back at his estranged wife for their "tumultuous" relationship, Mendoza said. He was being held there on $10 million bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Investigators said they were concerned Andressian, who has been charged with murder, was about to flee to another country, authorities said Monday.

Andressian told police that he had taken prescription drugs that didn't belong to him earlier in the morning of April 22. On April 28, the day a search warrant was served at his South Pasadena home, Andressian released a statement through his attorney saying, in part, that he hoped and prayed "for the safe return of my only child, my namesake".

Andressian told investigators he believed he was attacked, but he had no memory of the assault. His gray 2004 BMW sedan was found nearby with its interior and exterior doused with gasoline.

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Personnel with the LA County Sheriff's Office Homicide Unit, Sheriff's Fugitive Task Force, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Homicide Section and the Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Taskforce of the U.S. Marshals Service coordinated the arrest.

Almost a week after the boy was reported missing, Andressian released a statement through his attorney. A statement was read aloud at the press conference from the boy's mother, Ana Estevez. The boy's father had reportedly recently moved into the home, where investigators "seized various items of evidence", according to a sheriff's statement released at the time.

Andressian Jr. was reported missing by his mother on April 22 when Andressian Sr. failed to turn over the child to his mother for a scheduled custody exchange.

Prosecutors say a verdict has been reached in the trial of a man accused of killing a 2-year-old girl known as Baby Doe after her body washed up on a Boston Harbor island. "My heart is shattered and I will miss my son each and every second of every day for the rest of my life".

"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", she said.

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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