Lunsford family reacts to mother's arrest

Lena Lunsford booking photo - CBS affiliate WTSP.
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LEWIS COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - Relatives of Aliayah Lunsford were consumed by anger and sorrow Friday, after learning the details of the her death.

"I don't know if peace could ever come of this," Tina Smith, Aliayah's aunt, said through tears. "It's just beyond horrible."

According to the criminal complaint, Lunsford struck Aliayah in the head inside their Bendale home. Police say that she did not allow others to provide medical attention.

"I can't imagine a little child being struck on the head hard enough to kill her, by her own mother," Vickie Bowen, Aliayah's great aunt and Lena Lunsford's aunt, cried.

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