It’s hard to imagine why a mother would take the life of her own child.
But a chilling new video reveals the moment an Ohio woman confessed to the heinous crime.
Ming Ming Chen admitted to beating her five-year-old daughter to death. She then ordered her husband to hide the child’s body in the back of the family’s restaurant.
The 30-year-old was questioned by investigators over the death of her daughter, Ashley Zhao, who was first reported missing in January 2017.
Ashley’s lifeless body was later found hidden in the family’s restaurant, Ang’s Asian Cuisine, in North Canton, Ohio.
In the shocking video, the investigator asks Chen: ‘What happened; how did she die?’
‘I just killed her and the she died,’ Chen responded.
The investigator then says to Chen: ‘Did you hit her?’
‘Yes,’ Chen is heard saying in the video.
‘How did you hit her?’ the investigator pressed Chen.
‘Use your hand to do that,’ Chen said while motioning how she murdered her daughter.
On Friday, Chen was sentenced to 22 years in prison, after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other charges.
She also admitted to telling her husband Liang Zhao to dispose of their daughter’s body.
‘I told my husband to take care of it,’ she told the investigator. Her husband then hid their child’s body in the restaurant.
Chen told authorities that she killed her daughter because she became overwhelmed by work.
She also claimed that her daughter became unruly after spending time with her grandparents in China.
‘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,’ Chen explained in the video.
‘I don’t want to do that to Ashley, but you can’t control yourself sometimes,’ Chen added.
Chen was initially charged with murder, but Stark County prosecutors lessened it to involuntary manslaughter as part of her plea deal.
She also pleaded guilty to evidence-tampering, corpse abuse, child endangerment and obstructing justice.
Little Ashley was reported missing on January 9, 2017.
Her disappearance sparked a state-wide manhunt with police and volunteers combing the nearby area looking for her.
Sadly her body was found the next day, still inside the restaurant, near the kitchen’s freezer.
Both parents were arrested after the gruesome discovery.
Authorities said Chen repeatedly and mercilessly hit her daughter. The beating then caused a fatal brain injury.
Chen’s husband tried to revive Ashley, but after realizing she was dead helped hide the body.
County Prosecutor John Ferrero said evidence and interviews in the case indicate Chen didn’t plan or intend to kill her daughter.
Chen’s husband, Liang Zhao, was violent toward his daughter and Chen prior to the killing.
Zhao pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges including obstructing justice and corpse abuse, tampering with evidence and endangering children and agreed to testify against his wife.
In exchange, murder charges against him were dropped.
His attorney previously said Zhao maintained his innocence in the child’s death. He will serve 12 years in prison for the guilty plea.
Chen came to the US illegally from China as a teenager in search of a better life.
She started a family with Zhao who is an American citizen. Her attorney claims she ended up in a violent household.
‘I don’t think she’s a monster,’ Defense attorney Richard Drucker said. ‘I think she was a woman that made very poor choices in her life at the time.’
Because she was in the US illegally, authorities say Chen is expected to be deported to China after serving her sentence.