An Ohio man claimed he heard voices in his head as he allegedly beat his 5-year-old son to death Thursday, according to local reports.

Matthew Ponomarenko, 31, allegedly told a 911 dispatcher “I just killed my son” and stated that he was “hearing voices.”

In a recording of the five-minute call, he also told the dispatcher he was shaking and described how he had just beaten the child with a baseball bat and left the body on the living room floor, WOIO reported.

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The boy, Jax, was autistic and used an electronic device to communicate, his uncle, Johnathan Cherni, told the station. He also said Ponomarenko had recently been released from a behavioral health facility and was not taking his medication.

Matthew Ponomarenko, 31, allegedly told a 911 dispatcher "I just killed my son" and stated that he was "hearing voices."

Matthew Ponomarenko, 31, allegedly told a 911 dispatcher "I just killed my son" and stated that he was "hearing voices." (Parma Police Department)

Ponomarenko faces a charge of aggravated murder and is due back in court Monday.

Local law enforcement did not immediately respond to Fox News’ requests for comment.

Ponomarenko had been the subject of a county Department of Children and Families investigation in 2019 following a child endangering case two years earlier, Cleveland.com reported.

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In July 2017, police reportedly found the boy, then 1, naked in the middle of a road as his father, allegedly high on drugs and also nude, yelled at random people.

His mother reportedly called 911 and told police Ponomarenko was suffering a mental breakdown.

He later pleaded no contest to child endangerment charges.

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