LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Two months of hope have turned to mourning for the family of Aramazd Andressian, Jr., the 5-year-old boy whose body was found near Lake Cachuma.
Aramazd Andressian, Sr. is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on a charge of murder in the death of the child who vanished in late April.
“My client, Mr. Andressian, will be arraigned on Monday,” said Ambrosio Rodriguez, the attorney for Andressian, Sr. “We will be entering a plea of not guilty and we will have further statements on that day given where the case is going.”
Andressian, Sr. was being held at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles.
On Saturday night, an impromptu vigil was held in memory of the little boy at the home of the child’s maternal grandmother.
“This isn’t just temporarily destroyed our lives. It has permanently destroyed our lives,” Savannah Voskanian, the child’s cousin, said. “We’re going to be mourning for the rest of our lives.”
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Word spread quickly after the child’s body was found. Andressian, Jr. had been missing for more than 70 days.
His remains were found last week at a recreational center at Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County.
The child’s grandmother originally told CBS2 it was Andressian, Sr. who led police to that location.
Andressian, Sr. was extradited to Los Angeles Friday from Las Vegas where authorities alleged that he had been “socializing.”
Andressian, Sr. had custody of the child at the time of his disappearance. He claimed he had no information regarding the child’s whereabouts after being found unconscious at a park.
Andressian, Sr. and the child’s mother were embroiled in a divorce.
“I think this case has touched so many people’s lives because I feel like an innocent child doesn’t have to pay for grownups’ mistakes,” Ana Garcia, a neighbor, said.