Father Gets 25 Years to Life for Killing 5-Year-Old Son

August 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A South Pasadena father who admitted killing his 5-year-old son, whose body was found in Santa Barbara County after a roughly two-month search, was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years to life in prison.

Aramazd Andressian Sr., 35, pleaded guilty Aug. 1 to first-degree murder for killing his son, Aramazd Andressian Jr., who was known as “Piqui.”

Andressian had planned to speak during the sentencing hearing, but opted against it when Superior Court Judge Cathryn Brougham told the defendant his testimony would have to be given under oath and subject to cross-examination.

Andressian’s attorney, Ambrosio Rodriguez, spoke on his behalf, saying, “I want to pass on his deep, deep regret and remorse as to what happened.”

Rodriguez said there were “no words to justify what happened,” while noting that his client quickly took responsibility for his actions after being arrested, pleading guilty early in the criminal case.

The boy’s mother, and Andressian’s estranged wife, Ana Estevez, lashed out at the defendant in court, tearfully describing him as a “failure as a father, a man and a human being.”

Speaking through tears, Estevez said, “On April 22, my life was thrown into a chaos that can only be described as cataclysmic devastation,” referring to the day her son disappeared.

“Everything good in my life is missing since my son Piqui was taken from me,” she said. “I wish that I was taken instead of my son.”

Andressian was initially arrested April 22, then released three days later due to lack of evidence. He was arrested again June 23 in Las Vegas, sporting dyed light-colored hair, and was returned to Los Angeles County June 30 after waiving extradition.

The boy’s body was found the same day near the Lake Cachuma Recreation Area in Santa Barbara County, in an area that had been searched before.

Authorities said Andressian killed his son in the midst of a bitter divorce from Estevez. A sheriff’s official said Wednesday the boy was smothered.

Speaking outside court Wednesday, Estevez had harsh words for the family court system and the Department of Children and Family Services social workers involved in her bitter custody battle with Andressian.

“The system failed my son and it was this injustice that ultimately led to Piqui’s death,” Estevez told reporters outside the Alhambra Courthouse.

“The evil man that committed this heinous act will receive justice in this life and the next, I have no doubt about that,” she said. “However, true justice has yet to be served. The system that failed my son will be addressed and held accountable for their incompetent actions, their horrific and uninformed decision-making when presented with undeniable evidence and their belief that they can make decisions that destroy lives and not be held accountable for such injustices.”

She singled out three DCFS social workers and a supervisor involved in the case, saying she believes they “are partially responsible for my son’s death.”

“How dare you say that once a case is closed you do not reopen it, even after being asked repeatedly to further investigate allegations,” she said. “How dare you say that Aramazd Sr. kicking my son on his bottom and pinching his cheeks and yelling in his face that he was a bad boy was not enough to change custody, and that it was simply bad parenting.

“And to the DCFS social worker who wrote that the mother is more difficult than the father to deal with, I say to you all, shame on you. You had the audacity to criticize and scrutinize me when I was advocating for my son. I believe you are partially responsible for my son’s death. My son is another victim and statistic of the incompetence of this organization.”

DCFS officials responded that the agency “joins the community in mourning this senseless and tragic child death.”

“We are required by law to protect the privacy of any family we work with and cannot comment on the specifics of any case,” according to DCFS. “But, we want to assure the public that our social workers work every day to ensure the safety of children across our county and that we thoroughly assess every allegation of child abuse that is reported to us.

“And, we encourage the public to call DCFS anytime they have concerns about a child’s safety by calling our Child Protection Hotline at (800) 540-4000.”

“In my eyes and in my heart, when there is accountability for all, then justice will have been served,” Estevez said Wednesday. There will be justice for Piqui and justice for hundreds of other helpless children that have become victims of the broken system that currently exists.”

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