LOS ANGELES -- The father of a missing 5-year-old boy was arrested as the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department said they would be offering additional resources in the search, police said Sunday.
Aramazd Andressian, Jr. was last seen by his mother via Skype last Tuesday, CBS Los Angeles reports. His mother reported him missing on Saturday. His parents are in the process of a divorce.
The child was visiting with his father last week and was scheduled to be returned to his mother. When that didn’t occur, she called police.
The mother was described by police Sunday as understandably “distraught.”
In a separate incident, Aramazd’s father – Aramazd Andressian, Sr. – was found by a passerby at Arroyo Park in South Pasadena allegedly passed out by his vehicle.
He was taken to the hospital. By the time he came to, police said he had no memory of his son’s whereabouts at that time.
Police indicate that Andressian Sr. was not forthcoming with information. He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and child abduction.
“The father was communicative. He was not very forthcoming with information, was not very specific on his timeline, where he was with the child, where he was when the child was lost. He doesn’t really have a full memory of actually being with the boy,” said Chief Art Miller of the South Pasadena Police Department.
Miller says Andressian’s statements have been “convoluted and contradictory.”
Miller says that a judge set Andressian’s bail to $10 million.
Aramazd is 4-feet-tall and weights about 55 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a turquoise plaid shirt and plaid shorts.
Anyone with information about Aramazd’s whereabouts is urged to call South Pasadena police at (626) 403-7297.