CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Parma man accused of brutally killing his own son was arraigned Friday morning in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.
Watch Matthew Ponomarenko’s court appearance below.
The 31-year-old pleaded not guilty. He faces an aggravated murder charge that was transferred from Parma Municipal Court to the Cuyahoga County judicial system.
Investigators said Ponomarenko called 911 from his Russell Avenue home on March 25 and admitted to the dispatcher that he murdered his young son, identified by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner as Jax Ponomarenko, using a baseball bat.
Jax’s maternal grandmother spoke during the proceeding. “At this time, we are requesting no bond for Matt,” she said.
Bond for Ponomarenko was continued at $5 million.
On Wednesday, Judge Nancy Fuerst set bond at $5 million.
“I just killed my son after hearing voices,” Ponomarenko said during the call to emergency dispatchers.
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Ponomarenko was taken into police custody at the crime scene.
Jonathan Cherni, the uncle of the 5-year-old boy, said Jax was an amazing child. He was also autistic and learned to communicate using a tablet, Cherni said.
The boy’s uncle also told 19 News that Ponomarenko was recently released from a behavioral health center and was off of his medication.
Ponomarenko will appear in court April 20 for pre-trial.