A DAD pleaded guilty to killing his five-year-old son after a family trip to Disneyland to get back at his estranged wife.
Prosecutors say Aramazd Andressian, 35, killed his son – also called Aramazd – to hurt Ana Estevez while they were going through a bitter divorce.
The devastated mum gripped an urn with the boy’s ashes and sobbed uncontrollably as her husband appeared in a California court.
Andressian had his hands shackled at the waist and spoke softly when a prosecutor asked him if he wilfully killed his son, he simply replied, “Yes.”
He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the April death of the boy after the trip to Disneyland in California.
Authorities said Andressian wanted to get back at his estranged wife, and the slaying set off a two-month search for the boy – originally reported as missing.
Investigators believe the young boy was killed on April 21.
His father was found passed out in a park the next day, sparking an intensive search for the boy.
Andressian had taken prescription pills and was found in a car in the park doused in gasoline in an apparent suicide attempt, sheriff’s officials have said.
Andressian’s attorney declined to comment when asked why Andressian killed his son but said the slaying was “not planned” and his client told investigators where to find the boy’s body.
The boy’s body was eventually found on June 30 near Lake Cachuma outside Santa Barbara about 145 miles away from Anaheim, where Disneyland is located.
Dad Aramazd Andressian pleads guilty to murdering five-year-old son hours after leaving Disneyland to get revenge on ex wife
Andressian told investigators that he drove to the lake the day his son was killed.
Investigators had searched the lake several times before the boy’s remains were found.
Prosecutors called the evidence in the case overwhelming but have refused to say how Aramazd Jr. died.
“This is a tragedy. Cases like this really tug at your heartstrings,” said Deputy District Attorney Craig Hum said outside Los Angeles County Superior Court in Alhambra.