A father in Parma called 911 to report beating his five-year-old son to death with a baseball bat after hearing voices. He risks the death penalty.
A Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted Matthew Ponomarenko, 32, of Parma on Tuesday on a new charge of aggravated murder which could lead to the death penalty if convicted.
Ponomarenko had previously been charged with aggravated murder and endangering children on April 9.
These charges did not include details of the death penalty. In that case, a judge ordered him to undergo a psychiatric examination to determine if he is fit for trial.
Jax Ponomarenko was found dead in March after Parma police were called from a house in the 4700 block of Russell Avenue.
Matthew Ponomarenko remains in jail on $ 5 million bail. I