WESTON, WV (WOWK/AP) – Lena Lunsford Conaway was found guilty on all counts relating to her daughter’s murder trial in Lewis County.
The trial of Lena Marie Lunsford Conaway was turned over to the jury for deliberations following closing arguments Monday in Lewis County Circuit Court.
The 35-year-old Conaway was convicted of murder of a child by parent by failure to provide necessities, death of a child by parent by child abuse, child abuse resulting in injury and concealment of a dead body.
Conaway faces up to life in prison. Jurors now must determine whether Conaway will be eligible for parole.
Aliayah’s two older sisters testified they saw their mom hit the girl in the head, then take her body to a wooded area. Prosecutor Christina Flanigan told jurors during closing arguments that Aliayah was treated worse than a dog.
Defense attorney Tom Dyer disputed the daughters’ testimony and said there’s no evidence a death occurred.