Lena Lunsford sentenced to life in prison for death of her daughter


A Lewis County mother convicted in the death of her missing 3-year-old daughter was sentenced to life in prison.

Lena Lunsford received a life sentence Monday afternoon with no chance for parole for her conviction on the charge of murder of a child by failure to provide necessities.  The judge  also added on 40 years to Lena Lunsford ‘s sentence for death of a child by parent by child abuse, 2-10 more years for child abuse with injury and 1-5 more years for concealing a dead body.

Family members in the courtroom were relieved by the sentencing.

Tina Smith,  Aliayah’s Aunt “She’s not going to be able to do this to anybody else or hurt any other kids than she has already done to them.”

Lena Lunsford told the court she believed she never could have received a fair trial in Lewis County. She also indicated she is confident she will win an appeal.

Tom Dyer, Lena Lunsford’s defense attorney said, “We’ve got 30 days to file a notice of intent to appeal to the Supreme Court and of course that will be in order.”

After the sentence was handed down, the man who has adopted Lunsford’s children said he is looking forward to moving on. 

“Right now as far as we are concerned it’s finished. We are just going to put it behind us and just continue on with the Aliayah Lunsford Foundation.  To us that is just what we really want to do and just memorialize Aliayah and just make sure her story is never forgotten,” said Craig Cole.    

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