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Ashley Zhao’s parents indicted on murder charges

CANTON A county grand jury has indicted a Jackson Township couple on murder and other charges stemming from the death of their 5-year-old daughter who was falsely reported as missing in January.

The six-count indictment against Mingming Chen, 29, and Liang Zhao, 34, both of 7300 Sunset Strip Ave. NW, was released Tuesday by Stark County Prosecutor John Ferrero’s office.

Jackson Township police allege Chen punched her daughter, Ashley, several times in the head, and that when Zhao found the child on the floor, he tried to clean her up before unsuccessfully attempting CPR. Police say the couple concealed the body somewhere inside their restaurant, Ang’s Asian Cuisine restaurant at 4924 Portage St. NW, before falsely reporting the girl as missing.

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