Mother Charged With Child’s Murder

An Ohio mother is accused of fatally beating her 5-year-0ld daughter.

In Stark County the Jackson Township Police Department was called to a Ang’s Asian Cuisine on January 9th. The owners of the restaurant reported that their daughter, Ashley Zhao was missing.

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They explained that the little girl went to the back of the business to take a nap at around 5:00 p.m. When her mother went to check on her roughly 4 hours later, the child was gone.

The report launched a day-long search, only to lead to a horrific discovery the next afternoon.

The child’s body was found hidden inside the business, although police have not elaborated as to where.

Her mother, 29-year-old MingMing Chen has been charged with murder. She’s accused of striking Ashley multiple times with her fist, resulting in the little girl’s death.

Her father, 34-year-old Liang Zhao is charged with complicity to commit murder. Both are also facing felonious assault charges and each is being held on $5 million bond.

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The community has shown an outpouring of support and sympathy for Ashley. A shrine of teddy bears, flowers, dolls and balloons are now placed in front of the business where a life was tragically taken too soon.

(Featured Memorial Photo Courtesy: WKYC.COM)

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