A couple in Ohio who reported their daughter missing, shortly after the 5-year-old’s corpse was found hidden in the couple’s restaurant in January.

They were charged with murder and abuse of a corpse.

Officials say Mingming Chen, 29, punched Ashley Zhao and the girl’s father, 34-year-old Liang Zhao, unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate her and then helped hide her death.

Authorities say Zhao told emergency operators on Jan 9th that his daughter was sleeping in the back of Ang’s Asian Cuisine restaurant in North Canton before disappearing.

Police found the girl’s corpse in the restaurant the next day.

The parents were charged Tuesday.

A lawyer who represented Zhao has said that Zhao maintains his innocence. Chen’s attorney declined to comment.

Continuing coverage here. 

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