North Canton mother pleads guilty in death of daughter, is sentenced to 22 years in prison

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CANTON, Ohio -- A mother accused of killing her 5-year-old daughter has pleaded guilty to her charges.

Mingming Chen, 30, was originally charged on counts including murder, child endangering and tampering with evidence.

In court Friday, she pleaded guilty to a reduced count of involuntary manslaughter along with the remaining original charges. She was sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Police say she killed Ashley Zhoa in the family's North Canton restaurant in January and asked her husband, Liang Zhao, to hide the body. They then reported the girl missing.

Police found her body the next day.

Chen has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Zhao pleaded guilty in September to charges including obstructing justice and gross abuse of a corpse. A murder charge against him was dropped.

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