Bail set at $10 Million for Father of Missing 5-Year-Old Boy

A Los Angeles County Judge set bail at $10 Million for the father of a missing 5-year-old boy.  Aramazd Andressian was found unresponsive in Arroyo Park.  His son has not been seen since visiting his father.  The 5-year-old’s mother called police after Aramazd Andressian, Jr. did not return from a visitation with his father.  The South Pasadena Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is working together to determine what happened to the young boy.  Andressian Sr. is not cooperating with the investigation according to authorities.  He has given confusing and contradictory statements impeding the investigation.  The boy’s mother has started divorce proceedings against the father.  Andressian Sr. was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and child abduction.

One of the most effective tools that a judge has in ensuring a defendant’s future appearance in court and protecting the public is in setting bail.  Bail amounts are typically set according to a predetermined bail schedule that is set by the judges of the county each year.  Defendants are entitled to a bail hearing where a judge may consider extenuating circumstances to reduce, eliminate or even raise bail.  Setting bail at a high amount is often in an effort to protect the public-at-large or reduce the risk of a defendant fleeing the jurisdiction before a court appearance.  The severity of the crime and defendant’s background may also play an important role in determining what bail should be set at.

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