Jackson Township police are investigating the death of an 18-month-old boy, who was found unresponsive in the Motel 6 on Sunset Strip Avenue Northwest early Thursday morning.
The baby was transported to Mercy Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.
The mother of the boy 26-year-old Stephanie M. Buchanan and Jasmin P. Nance, 25, were both arrested on separate Obstruction of Justice charges. Police say both Buchanan and Nance lied to them during their investigation, but it does not say that the charges are currently related to the child's death.
An autopsy is scheduled with the Stark County Coroner's Office to determine the cause of death and the Stark County Prosecutor is handling the investigation.
Jackson Township Police Chief, Mark Brink, that both Buchanan and Nance could face further charges, depending on autopsy results.
The boy's three older sisters, ages 4, 6, and 9, and one brother, age 6, have all been placed with Stark County Protective Services.
The parents of Ashley Zhao made their first appearance in Massillon Municipal Court Wednesday morning for arraignment.
The charges listed by Judge Edward Elum were First Degree Murder and Felonious Assault for Mingming Chen, mother of Ashley, and Complicity to First Degree Murder and Complicity to Felonious Assault for Liang Zhou, the father of Ashley.
Both Chen and Zhou are scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on the morning of January 19th. No pleas have been entered at this time, and both parents have been appointed separate public attorneys.
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