MONTEBELLO (CBSLA.com/AP) — Authorities Thursday searched the Montebello home of the grandmother of a 5-year-old boy who has been missing for more than a month.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says detectives were serving a search warrant Thursday at the home where several items were seized during the search, but declined to comment further.
Investigators have been searching for 5-year-old Aramazd Andressian Jr. since his father was found passed out in a park in South Pasadena on April 22. Sheriff’s officials say the father took prescription pills and was in a car doused in gasoline.
The father was initially arrested on suspicion of child endangerment but later released. He had reportedly recently moved into the mother’s home.
The boy’s mother, Ana Estevez, joined sheriff’s officials last week to make a public plea for her son’s safe return.
KCAL 9’s Tom Wait spoke to the boy’s cousin on Thursday evening. She believes the family is being unfairly targeted by law enforcement.
“We don’t have him,” says Katrina Asatourian, “everybody is like a wreck.”
She says sweeping her aunt’s home is pointless.
“They already went to her house. They already emptied out the drawers. They already looked at everything. I’m not sure who sent like a tip, or who said what to go back there. I don’t know why they’re back there.” Asatourian said.
A deputy was seen taking what appeared to be a computer out of the home while another took video of a shed on the property.
Andressian Sr. was reportedly staying at his mother’s house in the days and weeks since his son went missing but his cousin said she hasn’t seen him.
“I have not talked to him as of recent,” says Asatourian, “And I don’t know where he is.”
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