Ana Estevez, whose son Aramazd Andressian Jr., “Piqui”, was murdered by his father in April 2017, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, June 25, alleging the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services holds partial responsibility for her son’s death.
Estevez publicly criticized the department last year, saying, “the system that failed my son will be addressed and held accountable for their incompetent actions, their horrific and uninformed decision-making when presented with undeniable evidence and their belief that they can make decisions that destroy lives and not be held accountable for such injustices.”
Estevez and Andressian Sr. were sharing joint custody of Piqui when he was murdered. During visits with his father, the boy stayed in South Pasadena.
Estevez alleges in the lawsuit that the DCFS was made aware during the separated couple’s divorce proceedings that Piqui was abused by his father and had overheard Andressian Sr. say he wanted to “send [Estevez] to the hospital.”
The lawsuit specifically alleges the County exhibited negligence, wrongful death, and violation of the California state Penal Code.
The County, as of Tuesday afternoon, had not responded to requests from multiple news agencies for comment.
Since the tragedy, Estevez has chosen to become an advocate for improving laws that seek to protect children from domestic violence. On June 13, a House Resolution called Piqui’s Resolution, HR–113, was officially introduced into congress. The resolution will go before the California Judiciary Committee in early August.