JACKSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Newly released video shows a 30-year-old Ohio mother telling an investigator that she beat her 5-year-old daughter to death and then helped her husband hide the child's body, according to WJW.
Ming Ming Chen was brought into a police interrogation room in January 2017 after investigators found the body of 5-year-old Ashley Zhao hidden in a Jackson Township restaurant owned by Chen and her husband, Liang Zhao.
The couple had reported their daughter missing a day earlier, prompting a frantic search by Stark County authorities.
Early on in the interrogation, Chen claims she has no idea how her daughter died. The lead detective takes note of the fact Chen showed no emotion upon learning the devastating news that her daughter was dead.
"I know that you're not crying. You said, 'I don't have nothing left.' Isn't that what you told me? You don't have no tears left, you don't have nothing left. Ming, Ming, your daughter is dead," the detective was heard saying on the tape.
After repeated denials, Chen eventually admits that she beat her daughter to death in a fit of rage in the kitchen of their home in North Canton.
"What happened? How did she die?" the detective asked.
"I just killed her and then she died," Chen answered.
Chen is then asked if she hit her daughter.
"Yes. Use your hand to do that, OK," Chen answered.
She also revealed she told her husband that she killed their daughter, and asked him to get rid of the body, which he then hid inside the restaurant.
"I told my husband to take care of it," Chen told the detective.
When pressed more on why she beat her daughter to death, Chen said she had been overwhelmed by work, and claims after her daughter spent an extended period of time in China with her paternal grandparents, she had become disobedient.
"I need to take care of everything from the restaurant. I only have two hands. I'm not four hands girl, I'm two hands. I don't want to do that to Ashley, but you can't control yourself sometimes," Chen said.
On Friday, Chen pleaded guilty to charges that include involuntary manslaughter and child endangering.
She is serving a term of 22 years in prison. When she gets out, she will be sent back to China.