On Monday night at around 9pm, Mingming Chen called police to report her 5-year-old daughter, Ashley Zhao, was missing.
She told police that she last saw her daughter hours earlier and felt she had wondered out of Ang’s Asian Cuisine, the restaurant her family operates.
Police and locals began a search for Ashley, and an endangered child alert was issued. These were called off when Ashley’s body was discovered found “deceased and concealed” inside the family’s restaurant.
It was then that investigators learned the truth about what happened to the girl.
According to police, Chen repeatedly punched her daughter in the head for reasons unknown at this time. The girl’s father, Liang Zhao, found his daughter on the ground with a green liquid coming from her mouth.
When he tried washing off the liquid, he noticed she was no longer breathing and attempted CPR, but was unable to save Ashley.
I’m assuming, the couple panicked and came up with the asinine plan to hide the murder by reporting the girl missing. Had the girl’s body not been found, I shudder to think what other lengths they would’ve gone to in order to conceal the crime… inside their Chinese restaurant…
Chen was arrested and charged with murder and felonious assault, while her husband was charged with complicity to commit felonious assault and complicity to murder.Tags: Ashley Zhao, Beating, Child Abuse, Crime, Mingming Chen, Murder, Ohio, restaurant