(05/21/2013)
Lena Lunsford, the mother of a missing Lewis County girl, will remain in Wheeling to serve the remainder of her supervised release for welfare fraud.

U.S. Probation Officer Daniel E. Fugate is requiring Lunsford to pay $480 in back rent and fees to the YWCA in Wheeling, where she has been living.

Other conditions require her to maintain satisfactory attendance and complete a course of study at West Virginia Business College, and participate in mental health and substance abuse counseling and treatment.

The court has also barred Lunsford from having contact with a convicted felon she met at a halfway house in Wheeling, with Lunsford being pregnant with his child.

The U.S. Probation Office has been struggling with her placement, since she violated the conditions of her probation, including not attending classes.

The woman's 3-year-old daughter Aliayah Lunsford went missing from the family home in Weston in September, 2011.

The child was never found following an intensive search.

The woman's six children are in state custody, and the state Supreme Court has upheld a Lewis County judge's order terminating her parental rights.


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