A California man pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing his 5-year-old son after a family trip to Disneyland, setting off a two-month search for the boy before his body was found near a lake.
Prosecutors contend Aramazd Andressian Sr., 35, killed his son, Aramazd Andressian Jr., to get back at his estranged wife. Investigators have refused to say how the boy was killed or what evidence linked the father to the boy's death.
The boy's mother, Ana Estevez, wept in the front row of the courtroom as she held the urn with her son's ashes. She was surrounded by family members - all holding hands and sobbing.
Andressian was arrested shortly after his son's disappearance in April (mugshot on the left) but he was later released when police didn't have enough to keep him behind bars. He's pictured on the right in his most recent mugshot, taken after his second arrest late June
California authorities believe Andressian killed his son in a six-and-a-half-hour period between the time he was seen leaving Disneyland with his son and when he was spotted later in the morning at Lake Cachuma
The boy's body was found on June 30 near Lake Cachuma outside Santa Barbara - about 145 miles (233