The father of a 5-year-old California boy missing since April has been arrested again, this time on suspicion of murdering his son.
Aramazd Andressian Sr. was taken into custody Friday in Las Vegas. He’s being held on a $10 million bail, ABC reports.
The Los Angeles sheriff’s office is said to have worked with authorities in Vegas to make the arrest after investigators provided LA County prosecutors with evidence.
What evidence authorities have against the 35-year-old father has not been revealed, but it was enough that prosecutors could order Andressian be taken into custody. It’s also not clear why the California native was in Nevada at the time of his arrest.
A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department said more information on the case would be released during a press conference Monday.
Andressian was initially arrested in mid-April on charges of child endangerment and child abduction after he was found unconscious in South Pasadena’s Arroyo Park with his son, Aramazd Andressian Jr., nowhere to be found.
The boy’s father spent only a few days in jail. He was released after investigators decided not to move forward with charges.
Authorities have spent the past few months searching for Aramazd. The toddler was last seen April 20 at Disneyland in Anaheim with his father.
A few days before the outing, Aramazd spoke with his mother, Ana Estevez, via a Skype video chat. Police were alerted that the toddler was missing when his mom called to report that her estranged husband had failed to drop their son off at a pre-arranged meeting place.
In addition to trying to locate Aramazd, police are still trying to determine why the boy’s father was passed out in the park. Investigators previously noted that there was no evidence that Andressian had been attacked. They also said his statements on what happened to his son were “convoluted and contradictory.”
Aramazd’s mother has released a statement pleading for his safe return.
“To my son, this message is for you my love: be brave, honey. I am counting the days until I see you honey and I will never stop looking for you,” she said.