The mother of a missing Lewis County girl won't be required to move to Clarksburg as part of her supervised release program for welfare fraud.
Federal Judge John Preston Bailey approved Lena Lunsford's modified supervised release plan that will allow her to remain in Wheeling.
The U.S. Probation Office planned to move Lunsford from Wheeling to Clarksburg after violating conditions of her original release plan. Lunsford's public defender Brian Kornbrath said that forcing her to move would negatively impact her since she is considered a "social pariah" following the case of her missing 3-year-old daughter in 2011. Lunsford was released from prison in February 2013 after serving eight months on welfare fraud charges.
Judge Bailey ordered Lunsford to pay the Y.W.C.A. in Wheeling for past due rent for March and April 2013, maintain satisfactory attendance and complete her course of study at a Wheeling college and maintain satisfactory attendance and participation for all mental health and substance abuse treatment, according to a court filing.
Judge Bailey also ordered that Lunsford not have any contact with a man who she identified as the father of her unborn child, who is a convicted felon, according to the court filings.