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A five-year-old boy was killed Thursday afternoon and police said the boy’s father had been arrested and charged with murder.
Parma police said they were called at home in the 4700 block of Russell Avenue around 2:00 p.m. After calling 911 Matthew Ponomarenko, the father said that he just killed his son after hearing rumors.
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Ponomarenko told the 911 receptionist that he hit his son with a baseball bat and that his body was on the living room floor.
Police said Ponomarenko, 31, was arrested on the spot.
The Cuyahoga County Coroner identified the boy as Jax Ponomarenko.
Detectives, crime scene investigators, and the coroner’s office stayed at the crime scene for hours, gathering evidence and taking photos of the crime scene.
The 5-year-old’s uncle, Johnathan Cherni, says he was a great kid. He was autistic and learned to communicate with a tablet.
Cherni also said that the boy’s father was recently discharged from a behavioral health center and did not receive any medication, but today he was calm: “My mom did. Introduced today. He was fine; He was dynamic, completely satisfied and suddenly we were blown away by everything.
Neighbors were shocked when they learned that the victim was a child. Amanda Bohach and her 11-year-old son went home and placed a stuffed animal and some flowers near a tree in front of the house to show her respect: “I’m super sad and you know, pissed off at the same time . I just realized that it is a shame to be so close to my house and in front of a school that is there. The weather is bad too: the children got off the school bus.
Ponomarenko will be tried in the Court of Parma on March 29.