Trial date set for parents accused of murdering their 5-year-old Ashley Zhao

Trial date set for parents accused of murdering their 5-year-old Ashley Zhao
(Source: WOIO)
(Source: WOIO)
Chen (left) and Zhao (right). (Source: Police)
Chen (left) and Zhao (right). (Source: Police)

CANTON, OH (WOIO) - A trial date has been set for the parents charged in connection to the death of their 5-year-old child.

Ashley Zhao was first reported missing in January. Her body was later found "concealed" in the family restaurant.

Ashley's mother, Mingming Chen is charged her with murder. Her father, Liang Zhao, who is charged with complicity to commit murder. Both will go on trial Sept. 11.

Authorities said Chen struck Ashley several times in the head with her right fist.

Chen and Zhao also have a 6-year-old daughter who is in protective custody with Stark County Children and Family Services.

Chen and Zhao remain jailed on $5 million bond. They face life in prison if convicted.

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