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Father Arrested As Search Continues For Missing South Pasadena Boy
The search continues for a five-year-old boy who was reported missing on Saturday after his father was found unconscious in a South Pasadena park. The boy's father, Aramazd Andressian, Sr., was arrested late Saturday after being unable to account for his son's disappearance, and providing statements that were "convoluted and not consistent,'' according to Sheriff's Department Capt. Chris Bergner.
Paramedics found Andressian passed out in Arroyo Park near his car at around 6:30 a.m. Saturday. The L.A. Times reports that authorities learned of the boy's disappearance at about 8:30 a.m. that same morning, when his mother called San Marino police to report that her son's father had failed to show up for a scheduled drop off at a pre-arranged meeting place. Aramazd Andressian, Jr.'s parents are separated and share custody; the boy had been in the care of his father since the previous Saturday.
Authorities say that Andressian, Sr. had “little recollection” of what had happened to his son, or where he might have gone, according to CBS LA. Andressian, Sr. was questioned by investigators after being released from the hospital, and authorities don't currently believe that he harmed his son. Sheriff's Department Deputy Lisa Jansen told LAist that Andressian, Sr.'s arrest was on suspicion of child endangerment, and that he is currently in the custody of the South Pasadena Police Department.
Police dogs from the South Pasadena Police Department combed the park for the boy on Saturday with assistance from a host of other agencies, including Sierra Madre Search and Rescue and the San Gabriel and San Marino police departments, according to City News Service. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is also involved.
"The search is still active in the area of South Pasadena," Jansen told LAist. Aramazd is 4-feet-tall, weighs 55 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Missing Person’s Detail at (323) 890-5500.