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

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

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office investigators, along with the Los Angeles County District Attorney, held a press conference Monday morning where they released new information on the arrest of Aramazd Andressian Sr. and his missing 5-year-old son.

As NBC 4 Los Angeles reports, members of the missing boy's family have been stunned by the arrest of Aramazd Andressian Sr. on suspicion of his son's murder.

The boy's mother reported him missing on April 22 after Andressian Sr. did not show up to exchange custody of the child.

He was arrested Friday in Las Vegas after investigators became concerned that he was planning to flee to a country that had no extradition agreement with the USA, though they declined to identify that country.

The last confirmed sighting of the boy was with his father around 1 a.m. on April 21 as they left Disneyland. He had "several minor injuries", police said.

The suspect, sporting dyed, light-colored hair, calmly told a judge in Las Vegas that he would not resist being sent back to Los Angeles. "Aramazd Andressian was being a flight risk", Sheriff Jim McDonnell said.

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

Meanwhile, surveillance teams monitored the only named person of interest in the disappearance: the child's father, Aramazd Andressian Sr. He told authorities he'd taken prescription pills, and the auto had been doused in gasoline.

For her part, District Attorney Jackie Lacey said she wouldn't have authorized bringing the murder charge if she didn't think county prosecutors could convict Andressian Sr. of the murder charge.

"No, I never came here in an intent to flee, so absolutely not", he replied.

"I was at the park with my son, and then I found myself waking up in Huntington Memorial Hospital hours later", the statement said. Aramazd Andressian's bail now stands at $10 million.

The boy was last seen with Andressian in April when they were leaving Disneyland. No body has been found.

Lacey said while investigators have not yet found the body of the boy, Aramazd Andressian Jr., she believed there was enough circumstantial evidence to prosecute the father. While the police are searching for the missing child, they are also investigating why his father was passed out in the park. She said in a statement released to CBS Los Angeles: "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".

He noted how Andressian Sr. gave investigators inaccurate information and made contradictory statements during his interviews.

Andressian is being held in a Las Vegas jail on $10 million bail pending an extradition hearing Tuesday. Police continue to look for the body and want to search some more areas of Santa Barbara County. But they released him days later, citing "insufficient evidence", at the time.

Aramazd Andressian Sr. pictured before and after his June 23, 2017 arrest.

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