Missing Boy's Father Arrested on Suspicion of Murder

5-year-old Aramazd Andressian was last seen with his dad in April
By Gina Carey,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2017 9:45 AM CDT
In this photo released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, homicide detectives arrest Aramazd Andressian Sr. on suspicion of his son's murder in Las Vegas Friday, June 23, 2017.   (Nicole Nishida/Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department via AP)
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(Newser) – The father of a 5-year-old California boy who has been missing for over two months was arrested Friday on suspicion of murder. The LA Times reports that Aramazd Andressian Sr. was taken into custody in Las Vegas, where he is being held on $10 million bail until he is moved to LA County. Detectives initially detained Andressian when his son went missing in April, but he was eventually released. No word on what new evidence prompted Friday's arrest. Aramazd Andressian Jr. was last seen in Disneyland with his father on April 20, according to CNN, who was set to return the boy to his estranged wife two days later after a week in his care.

The search began when the boy's mother told police on April 22 that they never showed up. Later that day, police located the elder Andressian in the hospital after he'd been discovered unconscious in or near his car in a South Pasadena park. He told authorities he'd taken prescription pills, and the car had been doused in gasoline. "I can only speculate that I must have been attacked," he said afterward. (Read more child murder stories.)

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