Dad's 911 Call Released After Girl, 5, Was Found Dead in Family's Restaurant: 'I Can't Find My Daughter'
The little girl's dad told dispatchers, "I can't find my daughter" before her body was found in his restaurant.
A 911 call made by the father of a girl whose body was found "concealed" in her parents' restaurant has been released.
"I can't find my daughter," Liang Zhao tells dispatchers after saying he hasn't seen 5-year-old Ashley Zhao in five hours.
In the call, Zhao tells the dispatcher that Ashley had been sleeping in the restaurant when they got busy. Hours later, he said, they checked on her and she was gone.
Authorities originally believed Ashley had wandered away from Ang's Asian Cuisine in North Canton.
By Tuesday afternoon, that hypothesis was flipped on its head after cops say Ashley was found dead in the restaurant.
Cops now say her mother, 29-year-old Ming Ming Chen, allegedly struck the girl in the face several times, killing her. She has been charged with murder.
Zhao has been charged with complicity to commit to murder for allegedly trying to cover up the crime, according to authorities.
Chen, who is not a U.S. citizen, and Zhao also have a 6-year-old child who is now in protective custody.
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, according to CBS News.
Chen applied for asylum in the United States in 2009, asserting she had been persecuted by the Chinese government as a member of the Falun Gong, a group that is outlawed in the country, the station reported.
Federal judges have twice denied her petitions. She faced deportation in 2012 and may have been living in the U.S. illegally, the station said.
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