Parma man accused of murdering 5-year-old son pleads not guilty at arraignment (graphic)

Parma man accused of murdering 5-year-old son pleads not guilty at arraignment (graphic)

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 Parma man accused of brutally killing his 5-year-old son is arraigned this morning in a Cuyahoga County courtroom. Jax Ponomarenko died March 25.

The Parma man accused of brutally killing his 5-year-old son is arraigned this morning in a Cuyahoga County courtroom. Jax Ponomarenko died March 25.

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Friday, April 9, 2021

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.

WARNING: Video contains graphic content:

"I just killed my son after hearing voices": Parma police released the 911 call from a man who is charged with murdering his 5-year-old son (GRAPHIC) http://bit.ly/3cpUoeP

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Friday, March 26, 2021

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 five-year-old boy was murdered on March 25, 2021.
The five-year-old boy was murdered on March 25, 2021. (Source: Parma police)

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.

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