Dad Pleads Guilty to Murdering Son After Disneyland Trip During Custody Dispute

Aramazd Andressian Jr.
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It's the type of tragedy that haunts every mother's fears -- learning that your child has been murdered. And while Ana Estevez will never stop mourning the loss of her 5-year-old son Aramazd Andressian Jr., the distraught mother is a little closer to legal closure. The boy's father, Aramazd Andressian Sr., has pled guilty to the murder

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As People magazine reports, investigators say the horrific crime took place just after the child, his father, and some relatives left Disneyland in the wee hours of April 21. Ana reported Aramazd Jr. missing the day after the father failed to bring their son to a scheduled custody exchange. 

A frantic two-month search for the child ensued. In the meantime, Aramazd Sr. was found unconscious in a South Pasadena, California, park where it appeared he had attempted an overdose on prescription medication that was not his own. In late June he directed police to Aramazd Jr.'s body at Cachuma Lake in Santa Barbara, California.

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Ana held her son's ashes in a small urn during the court proceedings as her ex quietly pled guilty to the crime. It's being reported that the father committed the murder as an act of revenge after the couple's combative 2016 divorce proceedings. 

Aramazd Sr.'s attorney Ambrosio Rodriguez told People:

"Although nothing he can say or do will be able to make up for what he did, my client did confess to police and led them to the body, and, as soon as possible, he pleaded guilty and he has accepted responsibility for what he did. He did something he will struggle with for the rest of his life. I know he has not even been able to process what he did. Maybe he never will."

During a July memorial service for the young boy, the grief-stricken mother bravely read a letter she had penned to her son. 

"There is no denying you were an extraordinary boy," she read aloud to a church full of mourners.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 23. Aramazd Sr. is expected to receive 25 years to life in prison.

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