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Mother convicted of killing 5-year-old daughter said she 'misbehaved all the time'

Posted at 8:48 PM, Jan 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-03 21:31:56-05

Newly released video of a mother's confession sheds new light on why she told police she killed her 5-year-old daughter and hid her body inside their North Canton family restaurant. 

Ming Ming Chen, 30, was sentenced last week to 22 years in prison for the murder of 5-year-old Ashley Zhao.

In her interview with police, Chen said the girl misbehaved all the time. 

"Ashley just doesn’t [act] like normal girl, normal kid. She do everything bad,” Chen told authorities.

Chen admitted to hitting the 5-year-old but was unable to recall how many times she struck her.

“I just kill her and then she die,” Chen said.

Police initially thought the child had wandered out the back of her parent's restaurant — Ang's Cuisine, located on the 4900 block of Portage Street Northwest in North Canton.

The girl's body was found concealed inside the restaurant by investigators the next day. 

According to the Stark County Sheriff's Department, Chen struck the girl several times in the head with her right fist.

The killing wasn't premeditated but "committed in a fit of anger by a mother who had never bonded with her child, because she had not raised her since infancy, and who was more of a burden to her mother than a blessing," Stark County Prosecutor John D. Ferrero said.

Chen had originally pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity but later accepted a plea deal that would send her to prison for more than two decades.

Authorities said Chen had been staying in the country illegally, and it's expected that she will be deported after she serves her prison sentence.