Neighbors Mourn Girl, 5, Found Dead in Parents’ Restaurant; Mom Charged with Murder May Be Deported

(TIML NEWS) Neighbors of a 5-year-old girl whose body was found in her parents’ restaurant gathered to mourn a child they remembered as always smiling and chatting away to patrons.

Ashley Zhao had been reported missing Monday, but police in Jackson Township, Ohio, announced they found the child’s body hidden in Ang’s Asian Cuisine on Tuesday after a daylong search.

Ming Ming Chen, 29, allegedly struck the girl in the face several times, killing her, police said. She has been charged with murder. Her father, Liang Zhao, has been charged with complicity to commit to murderfor allegedly trying to cover up the crime, according to authorities.

The mother is not a naturalized U.S. citizen and may face deportation, authorities said. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement filed a detainer Thursday seeking custody of Chen, according to CBS affiliate WOIO-TV.

Her husband is an American citizen