JACKSON TOWNSHIP, OH - The parents of missing 5-year-old Ashley Zhao have been charged in connection with her death.
Ashley disappeared Monday from an Ohio restaurant. Her body was later found inside the restaurant "deceased and concealed" after an extensive search of the area. Jackson Township Police reported that Ashley's mother, Ming Ming Chen struck the child's head "several times with her right fist." Those injuries resulted in Ashley's death.
After this, her father, Liang Zhao, saw that Ashley had "green fluid coming from her mouth." He took her into the restaurant bathroom, washed her face and saw that she had stopped breathing. Zhao performed CPR on her but was unsuccessful.
This all happened at around 9:15 a.m. Monday. The parents originally told the police they had last seen their daughter in a back room at 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday evening, Ming Ming Chen was arrested and charged with murder and assault. Ashley's father was also arrested and charged with complicity to murder and complicity to commit assault.
A search was under way at the family's apartment early Tuesday evening after the discovery of Ashley's body.