Search for missing boy continues
Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a 5-year-old boy who went missing last week sometime after his father picked him up from his mother’s home in Baldwin Park.
Meanwhile, the boy’s father was arrested on Saturday in connection with his disappearance.
Aramazd Andressian Sr., 35, was found unconscious near his car in Arroyo Park in South Pasadena, but his son, Aramazd Andressian Jr., was nowhere to be found.
Police did not say why Andressian was unconscious when he was found, but did say there had been no signs of a struggle at that location.
Shortly after the boy’s father was questioned, the boy’s mother called police and told them that her son had not been returned by his father. Police questioned Andressian and placed him under arrest on Saturday on suspicion of child endangerment and child abduction.
A judge set bail at $10 million. He was later released due to a lack of evidence.
Police described Andressian’s statements as “convoluted and contradictory” in a press conference on Saturday.
“We’re working to try to get to the truth,” said Capt. Chris Bergner, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which is the lead agency in the investigation.
According to South Pasadena police officers, the boy was last seen by his mother during a video phone call on April 18, three days after his father picked him up in Baldwin Park.
The parents are separated but share custody of the child.
The video call is part of the custody agreement between the parents.
Aramazd is described as being about 3 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 55 pounds.
He was last seen wearing a turquoise shirt and plaid shorts and has a small mole on the bottom of his right shoulder.
His photo has been placed on social media in hopes that someone knows of his whereabouts.
According to KTLA Morning News, the boy’s father told police that he did not remember what happened to his son.
So far, most of the search has been conducted in the area around the park where Andressian was found.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Aramazd is asked to call sheriff’s detectives at (323) 890-5500.