ALHAMBRA >> Aramazd Andressian Sr., the South Pasadena man charged with killing his 5-year-old son who went missing for almost three months before he was found dead at Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County, pleaded guilty Tuesday morning.
Andressian Sr., 35, appeared at Alhambra Superior Court for a preliminary hearing setting Tuesday.
On June 23, the prosecution charged Andressian Sr. with the April 21 murder of his son, Aramazd “Piqui” Andressian Jr. He was facing 25 years to life if convicted.
A sheriff’s homicide detective alleged that Andressian Sr. killed his son to get back at his wife, Ana Estevez. The couple are in the middle of a contentious divorce.
Detectives arrested Andressian Sr. in Las Vegas on June 23.
Hours after investigators brought him back to California on June 30, detectives discovered the boy’s body.
The body was found in a wooded area in San Ynez, according to a July 3 report by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. The same report stated that the search was conducted based on information provided by Andressian Sr.
Andressian allegedly told authorities he harmed the boy and left him in Santa Barbara County, according to the DCFS report.
Piqui was missing for two months.
Estevez reported her son missing on April 22 when her estranged husband failed to show up with the boy for a child custody exchange.
Earlier that morning, someone saw Andressian Sr. unconscious outside his parked car at Arroyo Park in South Pasadena and called South Pasadena police. Officers didn’t find the boy at the park but discovered the interior of the car soaked in gasoline and a rag in the gas tank.
Sheriff’s detectives said Andressian Sr. took prescription medication and claimed he doesn’t know what happened to his son.
Andressian allegedly told authorities that around 10 p.m. April 21, he drove from Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in Santa Barbara County to Arroyo Park because his son wanted to play miniature golf, according to the DCFS report. Father and son allegedly arrived at Arroyo Park around 4 a.m. April 22.
According to an April 24 DCFS report, Andressian allegedly took five sleeping pills, drank cough syrup and became unconscious.
The search for Andressian Jr. covered several counties. In the two months he was missing, law enforcement searched multiple locations including Arroyo Park, Cachuma Lake Recreation Area, Andressian Sr’s home in South Pasadena and the Montebello home of the boy’s paternal…