A 5-year-old boy was killed Thursday afternoon in Parma and police say they have a 31-year-old man in custody in connection with the homicide. Police say the incident occurred in the 4700 block of Russell Avenue, and add the suspect is believed to be the child’s father. The boy has been identified as Jax J. Ponomarenko.
The suspect, identified as Matthew J. Ponomarenko, has been charged with one count of aggravated murder, police confirmed to 3News. Police also released 911 audio Friday in which the suspect tells authorities he killed his son and was hearing voices. 3News has decided not to share the 911 audio due to its graphic nature.
Ponomarenko’s initial court appearance is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Monday, March 29.
“There’s just no words for it,” said Donald White who lives near the home. “It’s just heartbreaking.”
White released footage from his Ring doorbell camera showing police arriving at the scene and appearing to confront the suspect, and an unknown “popping” noise can be heard. Another video from a passerby’s cell phone shows a man being taken away on a gurney, but details on what happened remain unclear. Footage from both clips can be seen in the player above.
Neighbors came together to set up a memorial in front of the home in memory of the young boy.
“I wanted to bring something a little 5-year-old would like,” said Parma resident Amanda Bohach. “So I got him a stuffed bunny and some colorful flowers.”
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