Parents charged after daughter found dead at their Ohio restaurant

The 5-year-old girl was listed as missing Tuesday morning by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Ashley Zhao

NORTH CANTON, Ohio (WCMH) – Police confirmed that 5-year-old Ashley Zhao, last seen at Ang’s Asian Cuisine in North Canton was found dead Tuesday evening and that her parents have been taken into custody.

Zhao was found dead and hidden inside the restaurant, WKYC reported.

Ashley Zhao was previously last seen at Ang’s Asian Cuisine at 4925 Portage St. NW in North Canton around 5 p.m. Monday, according to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

According to police, her parents said Ashley went to lay down in the back of the restaurant around 4 p.m. When her mom went to check on her around 9 p.m., Ashley was gone.

Stark County Sheriff’s Office investigators said Mingming Chen, Ashley’s mom, struck her daughter in the head multiple times with her fist. Ashley also suffered injuries to her body, which led to her death.

Police said the brutal beating happened around 9:15 a.m. Monday morning.

According to WKYC, officers believe that Liang Zhou, Ashley’s father, found out that Chen had bashed Ashley’s head on the floor twice and noticed a green fluid coming from her mouth.

He discovered she had stopped breathing after trying to clean her up. Officers said he tried to revive Ashley with CPR, but his attempts were unsuccessful.

Chen has been charged with murder and Zhou has been charged with complicity to commit felonious assault.