Father of murdered five-year-old pleads guilty, will testify against child’s mother
Liang J. Zhao previously had pleaded not guilty on charges of murder and corpse abuse. He changed the plea to guilty on counts including of endangering children, gross abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.
His wife, Mingming Chen, also faces charges in their daughter's death.
Their daughter, Ashley Zhao, 5, was reported missing on Jan. 9. Authorities searched for the little girl for hours; on Tuesday, Jan. 10, her body was found hidden inside her parents’ restaurant, Ang’s Asian Cuisine, in Jackson Township.