LEWIS COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV)- Five years after Aliayah Lunsford's disappearance in Bendale, some questions have finally been answered. Aliayah's mother, Lena Lunsford, was taken into police custody and details have emerged into the alleged child abuse that led to her daughter's death.
Police believe in September of 2011 Lena Lunsford struck her three-year old daughter in the head with an object and she later died in their home. The criminal complaint goes on to say Lunsford did not provide any medical assistance nor did she allow anyone else to. Police say Lunsford took steps to conceal the crime by creating a fictitious narrative, destroying evidence, concealing the body, and instructing the witnesses to hide what they knew. The complaint says this is supported by witness testimony and photographic evidence.
The press conference Friday only confirmed what was already known: Lena Lunsford was arrested Thursday in Pinellas County, Florida and arraigned in Lewis County Friday morning. The Lewis County Sheriff notes this all begs the question 'Where is Aliayah?' The only answer given was this:
"The one person who possesses this knowledge of Aliayah's whereabouts is in police custody," said Sheriff Adam Gissy.
The sheriff did not take questions from the press. The FBI investigator referred 5 News to the sheriff for comment.
In 2013 Lunsford lost parental rights to her other six children, as did Ralph Lunsford, Aliayah's stepfather. It's unclear exactly when Lunsford made her way to Florida and began living in St. Petersberg.
The Sheriff says more information will be released. Stay with 5 News as the story develops.