PARMA, Ohio — A 31-year-old Parma man who allegedly beat his son to death with a baseball bat last week was given a $5 million bond at a hearing in Cuyahoga County court on Wednesday.
The suspect, Matthew J. Ponomarenko, is charged with aggravated murder for the death of his son Jax.
On March 25, Parma police responded to a home in the block of 4700 Russell Avenue after the father called 911. In the call, Ponomarenko told a dispatcher that he was "hearing voices" and he killed his son.
Ponomarenko first appeared in Parma Muncipal Court on Monday, where bond and bailed were denied, and his case was transferred to the Cuyahoga Coury of Common Pleas.
No early disposition conference was scheduled on Wednesday in court; Ponomarenko's case will be presented directly to a grand jury for consideration, at the request of the state.
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