Lena Lunsford's preliminary hearing rescheduled, family reacts

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LEWIS COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV) - Lena Lunsford was in court for the second time after being accused of her role in her daughter's death. Her preliminary hearing was supposed to be Thursday, but it has been pushed back.

The hearing was rescheduled to next Wednesday afternoon at 2:30. This was asked for by the defense because of the time frame.

Lunsford is facing charges for allegedly hitting her three-year-old daughter Aliayah in the head with a solid object and then not allowing anyone to give her help in 2011.

The fact her hearing isn't happening now for another week doesn't sit well with Aliayah's great aunt, Vickie Bowen. She calls the process a "lawyer's game."

Bowen told 5 News, "When Lena walked in that room I really just wanted to vomit. I don't know how anybody can be that cruel, that evil and murder their own child and then let her lay there. They said it took hours for her to die and Lena didn't allow anybody to even comfort that baby. That's not even human. That's not a mother."

Lunsford is not facing murder charges she is facing child abuse causing death.

A memorial for Aliayah is scheduled for Saturday at 3:00 at the Bendale United Methodist Church beside the armory in Weston. After the memorial service, family members have planned a fellowship with a covered dish meal. They want to let the community come in and to grieve, to talk and have a little bit of closure.