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Jackson Township parents indicted on murder charges in death of 5-year-old daughter

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Posted at 5:50 PM, Mar 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-08 10:49:11-05

The parents accused in the beating death of their 5-year-old daughter Ashley Zhao were indicted on murder charges Tuesday.

Both Liang J. Zhao and Mingming Chen are charged with murder, two counts of endangering children, tampering with evidence, obstructing justice and gross abuse of a corpse, according to the Stark County Common Pleas Court. 

Chen, Ashley's mother, struck the girl several times in the head with her right fist. After she was struck on the floor by Chen, the girl's father, Zhao, allegedly found the girl with green fluid coming from her mouth and took her into the bathroom to wash the fluid off of her face, police have said.

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Zhao laid her on the floor and noticed she had stopped breathing. Police said he then attempted to revive her with CPR, which was unsuccessful. 

Ashley's body was found hidden inside the couple's Chinese restaurant on January 11.

Originally Chen was charged with murder and felonious assault. Zhao was charged with complicity to commit murder and complicity to commit felonious assault. 

The couple is expected to appear in court on March 15.