September 12, 2017 21:44 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

Man admits to hiding daughter's body in restaurant

Man admits to hiding daughter's body in restaurant

Liang Zhao and his wife, Mingming Chen, called the cops in January to report their five-year-old daughter Ashley Zhao had gone missing from Ang's Asian Cuisine, in North Canton.

An Ohio man has admitted to hiding his daughter's body at his Chinese restaurant after his wife allegedly beat her to death. 

Liang Zhao and his wife, Mingming Chen, called the cops in January to report their five-year-old daughter Ashley Zhao had gone missing from the back room at their restaurant, Ang's Asian Cuisine, in North Canton.

The report sparked a state-wide manhunt and police combed the nearby area looking for her.

Liang Zhao and his wife, Mingming Chen, reported their five-year-old daughter Ashley Zhao missing in January
Liang Zhao and his wife, Mingming Chen, reported their five-year-old daughter Ashley Zhao missing in January

Liang Zhao (left) and his wife, Mingming Chen, (right) reported their five-year-old daughter Ashley Zhao missing in January but cops found her body at the family restaurant  

Ang's body was eventually discovered the next day, still inside the restaurant, near the kitchen's freezer, Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Investigators say she was struck in the head several times, causing fatal brain injury. Both her parents were arrested after the grisly find.

Now Liang Zhao has agreed to testify against his wife who he claims beat the little girl to death. 

Ang Zhao (pictured) was struck in the head several times, causing fatal brain injury. Both her parents were arrested after the grisly find

Ang Zhao (pictured) was struck in the head several times, causing fatal brain injury. Both her parents were arrested after the grisly find

Ang's body was eventually discovered later that month, still inside the Ang's Asian Cuisine restaurant, near the kitchen's freezer

Ang's body was eventually discovered later that month, still inside the Ang's Asian Cuisine restaurant, near the kitchen's freezer

Zhao will serve 12 years in prison after he pleaded guilty Monday obstructing justice, corpse-abuse, tampering with evidence and endangering children.

Authorities said he'd attempted to revive his daughter before helping his wife hide her body. 

Chen, who is charged with murder and felonious assault, is due back in court October 16 for her trial.

 

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