The mother of a 3-year-old girl who vanished without a trace in September 2011 won't regain custody of her other six children when she gets out of prison later this month.
The state Supreme Court has unanimously upheld a Lewis County judge's order terminating Lena Lunsford's parental rights. It was a decision backed by West Virginia child-welfare workers and the unidentified father of one of Lunsford's children.
Neither his attorney nor Lunsford's lawyers immediately returned telephone messages seeking comment about the court ruling, which identifies Lunsford and missing daughter Aliayah only by initials
The U.S. Bureau of Prisons website shows Lunsford is set to be released Feb. 26 from a facility in Baltimore, where she's been serving an eight-month sentence for welfare fraud.