Ana Estevez wept as she confronted the man who had killed their son.
As KTLA News reports, Aramazd Andressian Sr. was sentenced to 25 years to life for murdering his son, 5-year-old Aramazd “Piqui” Andressian Jr. Ever since the boy’s disappearance on April 20, police had suspected Andressian Sr. knew more than he was telling.
Now, new details show how far he was willing to go to hurt his estranged wife.Screenshot/KTLA News
Piqui was last seen when his father took him to Disneyland on April 20. Two days later, Andressian Sr. was found unconscious by his car in a park in South Pasadena, Calif. Both he and the car were soaked in gasoline and he was groggy from taking prescription medicine that wasn’t his own.
That same day, Estevez reported her son missing when Andressian Sr. missed a scheduled custody exchange. In the weeks that followed, Estevez and her family helped police search for Piqui while Andressian Sr. took up residence in Las Vegas.
According to the Los Angeles Times, during the massive search for his son, Andressian Sr. went to a boxing match, tried sky diving, and attended a Britney Spears concert. Officials remained suspicious of the dad’s role in his son’s disappearance, and in June, they arrested Andressian Sr. for Piqui’s murder.
Andressian Sr. eventually entered a guilty plea and admitted he killed his son after their day together at Disneyland. Detectives for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department say the father drove to Lake Cachuma, then smothered his son with a child’s coat. He left the boy’s body about a mile from the lake.
Andressian Sr. and Estevez had been going through a contentious divorce and authorities say that was his motive for killing his son. Far from being an impulsive crime, Andressian Sr. had been plotting for months to get revenge on Estevez through a murder-suicide. Det. Louie Aguilera told KTLA:
“His intentions were to kill the child, kill himself and have everyone point the finger at Ana, as her having something to do with it.”
Aguilera added that the plan to frame Estevez was underway long before that trip to Disneyland:
“He had put some things in motion prior to — months in advance — to point toward her … alleging that she may have had something to do with following him. He felt he was in danger, and he let people know about this.”
Andressian’s plan to kill himself failed when he took too many prescription pills and passed out.
Estevez had been trying to get full custody of Piqui, and told social workers that she feared for her and her son’s safety.
Andressian Sr. chose not to speak at his sentencing, but Estevez and other family members spoke about how the tragedy had affected their family. According to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Estevez told the court:
“I wish that I was taken instead of my son. So then my sweet baby could live. Your honor, life without my son is my sentence. My son deserved to live. He was innocent.”
Estevez also addressed her estranged husband, calling him a failure as a man, father, and human being. She added:
“I hope you relive the image of you murdering my baby everyday for the rest of your insignificant life. And when you die, may your dark soul burn in the eternal flames of hell. For I have no doubt that justice will be served on you in this life and the next.”
Though the sentencing signifies the end of the case, investigators hesitated to suggest it would mean closure for the family. Speaking to reporters outside the courthouse, Estevez rejected the idea that justice had been satisfied:
“There is no simple answer to that question, because no measure of justice will bring my Piqui back.”
She added: “I think a more appropriate response is that Piqui, my family and I are victims of justice.”