Father Of Missing 5-Year-Old Released From Custody, Search Moves To Santa Barbara

The search for the missing boy has moved to a lake in Santa Barbara County.

By Gina Tron

The California father of a missing 5-year-old boy — who had been arrested in connection with the child’s disappearance — was released from jail on Tuesday.

The father, 35-year-old Aramazd Andressian Sr., was found passed out in a South Pasadena, California park on Saturday. According to KTLA, his son Aramazd Andressian Jr. was last seen by his mother on Tuesday evening during a Skype video call from an unknown location. She last saw her son in person on April 15 when she transferred him to his father's custody at the Baldwin Park Police Department. The mother reported Andressian Jr. missing Saturday after his father failed to show up to their arranged meeting point that morning. The two share custody of the boy.

Aramazd Andressian Sr. had been held since Saturday on $10-million bail after being arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and child abduction according to the Los Angeles Times. He was supposed to be arraigned on Tuesday but instead was released from custody. According to his attorney, his case was dismissed because of insufficient evidence.

The search for the boy moved Tuesday to a lake in Santa Barbara County according to the Los Angeles Times. Park rangers and deputies from the Los Angeles and Santa Barbara sheriff’s departments searched the Cachuma Lake Recreation Area for any clues. According to the report, investigators suspected the boy’s father visited the lake on Friday before the child was reported missing.

“They are utilizing scent K-9s and a dive team in hopes of locating any witnesses or evidence leading to the whereabouts of the missing child,” the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department said.

The parents of the missing child are in the process of getting a divorce but share custody of their child. The father was found unconscious at a park and was rushed to the hospital. The boy was nowhere in sight, and that prompted the missing child investigation.  When police interviewed the father, he gave contradictory information, which led to his arrest.

The missing boy, Aramazd Andressian Jr., is 3 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs about 55 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes and a small mole on his right shoulder. He was last seen wearing a turquoise shirt and plaid shorts, according to authorities.

[South Pasadena Police]

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