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Parents charged with murder after girl’s body found inside their Canton-area restaurant

CANTON — A Stark 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 said Chen punched her daughter, Ashley Zhao, several times in the head, and that when Liang Zhao found the child on the floor, he tried to clean her up before unsuccessfully attempting CPR.

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