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Police: Missing W.Va. Girl’s Death Caused By Mother Hitting Her In Head


UPDATE: According to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, Lena Lunsford hit her daughter, Aliayah Lunsford, in the head with a solid, handheld object, which caused her death on or about September 24, 2011 inside their home.

Witnesses who were in the home at the time said Aliayah fell to the ground immediately after she was hit, according to court documents.

Deputies said Lena Lunsford did not initially provide help or medical assistance to Aliayah, who was “visibly suffering from the trauma.” Lena Lunsford would not let anyone in the home help the child or call 911, deputies said.

Aliayah died within hours of the strike, deputies said.

Lena Lunsford then made up a story about what happened, destroyed evidence, hid Aliayah’s body, and instructed witnesses to conceal the truth, according to court documents.

Investigators have not shared any further information on the location of Aliayah’s body.


The mother of a Lewis County girl missing since 2011 has been arrested in Florida and is charged with her death.

Lena Lunsford, who now goes by Lena Lunsford-Conaway, was arrested by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 11:41 a.m. in Pinellas County, Florida on a charge of ‘Death of a Child by a Parent by Child Abuse.’

Aliayah Lunsford has been missing since her disappearance from the family home in September 2011.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy assisted detectives from West Virginia in locating Lunsford-Conaway.

Lunsford-Conaway has a St. Petersburg address, and her bond is set at $250,000 cash only. Lunsford-Conaway waived extradition, which could expedite her return to West Virginia.

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