Crime & Justice

Search for 5-year-old boy expands to neighboring states, airports

This undated photo provided by the South Pasadena, Calif., Police Department shows Aramazd Andressian Sr., whose 5-year-old boy has been missing. South Pasadena Police Chief Art Miller said at a news conference Sunday, April 23, 2017, that investigators have had a difficult time getting answers from Andressian. He was arrested Saturday after paramedics found him passed out in a park. Officials have said the boy's mother reported Saturday that her estranged husband, Andressian, had failed to drop the boy off at a pre-arranged meeting place. The parents are divorcing and share custody. (South Pasadena Police Department via AP)
This undated photo provided by the South Pasadena, Calif., Police Department shows Aramazd Andressian Sr., whose 5-year-old boy has been missing. South Pasadena Police Chief Art Miller said at a news conference Sunday, April 23, 2017, that investigators have had a difficult time getting answers from Andressian. He was arrested Saturday after paramedics found him passed out in a park. Officials have said the boy's mother reported Saturday that her estranged husband, Andressian, had failed to drop the boy off at a pre-arranged meeting place. The parents are divorcing and share custody. (South Pasadena Police Department via AP)
South Pasadena Police Department via AP
This undated photo provided by the South Pasadena, Calif., Police Department shows Aramazd Andressian Sr., whose 5-year-old boy has been missing. South Pasadena Police Chief Art Miller said at a news conference Sunday, April 23, 2017, that investigators have had a difficult time getting answers from Andressian. He was arrested Saturday after paramedics found him passed out in a park. Officials have said the boy's mother reported Saturday that her estranged husband, Andressian, had failed to drop the boy off at a pre-arranged meeting place. The parents are divorcing and share custody. (South Pasadena Police Department via AP)
5-year-old Aramazd Andressian, Jr. remains missing.
Courtesy of the South Pasadena Police Department via Facebook


Authorities have expanded the search for a missing 5-year-old boy whose father was arrested after being found passed out at a South Pasadena park.

L.A. County Sheriff's Lieutenant Joe Mendoza told KPCC on Monday that the search effort would expand to neighboring counties and states, also enlisting help from the TSA and Customs agents. 

"The father is of Armenian descent and we just want to make sure that this child does not make it out of this country," Mendoza said. "We really don't have any indication that that is occurring. However, we're just being preventative and covering all angles." 

Mendoza declined to cite specific locations while the search continues.

The child's father, Aramazd Andressian Sr., was arrested Saturday on suspicion of child endangerment and child abduction after paramedics found him unconscious in South Pasadena on Saturday morning. It wasn't immediately known if he had an attorney.

South Pasadena Police Chief Art Miller said Sunday that investigators have had a difficult time getting answers from the father, who is divorcing the boy's mother.

Police believe the child was at Disneyland last Thursday, Mendoza said.

The mother says her estranged husband had failed to drop the boy off at a pre-arranged meeting place.

This story has been updated.