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.


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.


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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