MASSILLON, Ohio – Authorities say a woman charged with murder in the death of her 5-year-old daughter in Ohio is from China, is not a naturalized citizen of the u.s. and therefore would face deportation.
Ashley Zhao’s parents reported her missing Monday. Police say her body was found on Tuesday at the family’s restaurant in North Canton.
The police claims that the 29-year-old Mingming Chen struck Ashley in the face multiple times with her fist on the Monday morning, and the girl died.
Chen also is charged with felonious assault. The court records list no attorney for her.
Ashley’s father, the 34-year-old Zhao Liang, is charged with the aiding and abetting counts. The authorities say that he is a naturalized citizen. His lawyer says Zhao keeps his innocence.
The parents are jailed on $5 million bond.
The Archive of newspaper reports, family members of Zhao declined to comment to the court.