Social worker, police visited troubled family months before South Pasadena boy went missing
A social worker and local police contacted a troubled San Gabriel Valley couple months before their 5-year-old son’s disappearance alarmed Southlanders far and wide, according to court documents reviewed by this publication.
Now the father, a South Pasadena man, stands accused of killing the boy.
Legal filings in the divorce proceedings of Aramazd Andressian Sr. and Ana Estevez depict a contentious separation, including accusations that at times prompted scrutiny from the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and local police.
Both parents wanted sole custody of 5-year-old Aramazd “Piqui” Andressian Jr. At one point, Estevez sought a restraining order against her estranged husband, but it was denied.
Andressian Sr. “is a compulsive liar and is spiteful and vindictive,” Estevez said in one declaration to the court. She was “concerned that petitioner will attempt to utilize Aramazd (Andressian Jr.) as a weapon in this matter to hurt” her.
By April, the two parties had agreed to permanent joint custody with a slight change in the rotation. Instead of switching households every two days, Andressian Jr. would alternate weeks with each parent.
It was during that first seven-day stretch with his father in April that Andressian Jr. went missing.
Charged with murder
Andressian Sr., 35, was charged with murder and arrested by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s homicide detectives in Las Vegas on June 23. Detectives found the boy’s body a week later at Cachuma Lake Recreation Area in Santa Barbara County, hours after investigators brought his father back to Los Angeles.
Through his criminal attorney, Ambrosio Rodriguez, Andressian Sr. declined to comment.
Sheriff’s investigators have not shared specifics about the evidence they have against Andressian Sr., but homicide detectives have said they believe he killed his son to get back at his wife.
Estevez, 45, also declined to be interviewed for this story. Her divorce […]