A 5-year-old California boy whose father was found passed out in a park on Saturday has been missing for over a week. The father has now been arrested on suspicion of one count of child endangerment and one count of child abduction.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is asking for anyone with information about the disappearance of 5-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr. to come forward. According to People, the boy was last seen by his mother on April 15 when she handed him to his father during a custody transition. The two share custody of the child. Three days later, the mother had a Skype conversation with the boy. Another Skype conversation was scheduled for April 20, but police said that did not happen.
The boy’s father, Aramazd Andressian Sr., was supposed to give the child back to his mother on Saturday according to the report. Instead, the man was found passed out near his car in a park.
During a press conference, police stated that they don’t know why Aramazd Sr. was unconscious. They said there was no indication that he had been attacked.
Over 125 searchers combed the area near where the father’s car was found, but no traces of the boy were found according to People.
“He’s not with his mother and he’s not with his father,” Sheriff’s Homicide Captain Chris Bergner told reporters during a Sunday afternoon press conference. “He’s with somebody and we’re pleading to that somebody to let us bring him home.”
[LA County Sheriff Dept.]
After Aramazd Sr. gave police contradictory information he was arrested on suspicion of one count of child endangerment and one count of child abduction. He is in custody on $10 million bond.
Aramazd Jr. is described as being approximately 3 feet 5 inches tall, weighing 55 lbs. The child has a mole on the bottom of his right shoulder. He was last seen wearing a turquoise shirt and plaid shorts or a gray-and-white-striped shirt with gray sweatpants. Anyone with tips is encouraged to call the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department at 323-890-5500 or South Pasadena police at 626-403-7297.
[South Pasadena Police]