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Officer says missing girl’s mom had drugs, needs substance abuse treatment

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The mother of a 3-year-old Lewis County girl missing for nearly two months should be ordered into substance abuse treatment because a state trooper caught her with synthetic drugs called bath salts, a probation officer says.

In a petition filed with U.S. District Court in Clarksburg, pretrial services officer Brian Kilgore also asks the court to order home incarceration for 29-year-old Lena Lunsford while she awaits trial on federal welfare fraud charges.

The petition argues court intervention is necessary because Lunsford is demonstrating “a lack of willingness to fully cooperate with the conditions of her supervision, and she appears to be selectively censoring what she wants her supervising officer to know.”

On Wednesday, U.S. Magistrate John Kaull scheduled a bond revocation hearing for Nov. 28 in Elkins.

Lunsford’s public defender, Brian Kornbrath, didn’t immediately return messages. Her private attorney, who is not handling the criminal case, declined comment.

Lunsford’s daughter Aliayah vanished from their Bendale home Sept. 24 and has not been seen since. Investigators are treating her disappearance as a crime but have yet to name any suspects. Nor have they said what they believe happened to the child.

Weeks after Aliayah’s disappearance, Lunsford was indicted on multiple counts of welfare fraud. Federal prosecutors say she swapped credits on her food stamp card for $50 cash five times in two months. Last week, Lunsford pleaded not guilty.

One of the conditions of her pretrial release, spelled out in an Oct. 17 court order, was to refrain from using drugs. Handwritten on the document are the words, “including bath salts.”

During a home visit on Oct. 20, Kilgore wrote, Lunsford told her probation officer she didn’t know what bath salts were and “advised that she had not been to a ‘head shop’ or like store in several months.”

Kilgore’s petition says that on Nov. 1, a state trooper found Lunsford and her husband Ralph with bath salts in a Clarksburg parking lot. The trooper said Ralph Lunsford acknowledged entering the Hot Stuff Cool Things shop and purchasing a product called “Sextary” for $52.

If Lena Lunsford argues that her husband is the sole user of the drugs, Kilgore wrote, he will recommend she be prohibiting from living with him until he completes a counseling or treatment program.

Lena Lunsford did not attend her plea hearing last week because she was in labor but she is expected to attend the bond revocation hearing.

She has seven children, including Aliayah and twin girls born last week. The older children range in age from 9 months to 11 years old.

Relatives say Lunsford lost custody of the older children to state child-welfare authorities after Aliayah disappeared, but authorities and attorneys have declined to comment on the status of the newborn twins.

6 Responses to “Officer says missing girl’s mom had drugs, needs substance abuse treatment”

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    nicki Says:

    i”m sorry, for these children,for the cruel life they had to lead, but i”m 99 percent sure the older one knows something and is either afraid to tell, or out of love for mommy dearest, will not, or maybe hasn’t even been questioned, but they have people that can do it the right way without harming the child any worse than they have been already by this selfish disgusting poor excuse of a human being!

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    Dawn Says:

    I feel so sadd for this family..god is the only one whos knows what happed to her but were not to judge anyone thts god place Amen…i pray tht tjis little girl is found an returened to her family because thts her mommy an I dont believe she had,anything to do with her daughters dissaperence she has,some issues yes….but we all have issues an past things in our lifes all we can do is help her buy praying for her an all 7 of her kids Amen…in the name of jesus I pray for the lunsfords right now that they r blessed buy the hand of God N tht her family is reunited in love Amen…God Bless

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    Sharon Says:

    This story has broken my heart since it was 1st reported. Seeing the picture of such sad looking child just was too much for me to believe she was just a missing child. I have held out hope all along that someone who knew of her abuse had taken her. Then I realized that if some one indeed did that we may still never see her again for fear of being prosecuted for his/her involvement. I was still holding on to a lot of hope. After all that came out the criminal record..defrauding welfare and pictures of this beautiful baby girl badly beaten. I’m sad to say my hope is slowly dwindling with all the new facts that come out but I pray everyday that she will be found and unharmed and possibly she might actually have learned what it was like to be loved by someone so much they would take her from that horrible nightmare. These are my hopes and prayers for her…Gob Bless Aliayah. If she is still alive watch over her and protect her from more evil in her short time here

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    sam Says:

    U know what I think tha mom knows sumthyn because y when people ask u about ur child u dont give a response back nd for tht poor lil Bby gyrl I think tha mom or tha husband had sumthin to do wit in fact I think both of them was doin drugs so we all know what drugs do to people nd ya I think tha mother prob got mad at tha husband nd blacked out or tha husband was mad wit tha mother nd blacked out idk Bt w.e happen we all should be pointin fingers to tha mother mainly I think tha aunt should take tha Bby when they find tha lil girl nd her brother nd sisters cause I was sayin tha same thing y u not sayin nuffin actions do speack louder then word nd there actions is speackin hey we did it nd we are not goin to say nuffin about wat happen cause if tht wasnt tha case then y they aint speackin up about anythin huh its called commonsense I think they both need to be behind bars till sumbody speacks up
    Dear GOD im takin this time to speack upon this 4 year old Bby girl who is missin from a relative who seems to really care about her neice nd prey to u that this lil girl is alright nd is safe if not please punish these people who put that li ok girl in harm there shouldnt be no reason why this lil girl has bruseson that pretty lil face of hers I know u is watchin over aliayah nd makin shore she is still on this earth in Jesus name amon

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    phyllis Says:

    i think the parents did this poor baby in ,,,,,so sad ///

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Aliayah Lunsford Allegedly Last Seen

  • 3116 days, 18 hours, 13 minutes ago

About Aliayah Lunsford

Age 3, Aliayah Lunsford's mother claims that she last saw her daughter at home on September 24, 2011 around 6:30 a.m.

Aliayah has brown eyes and hair, is around 3 foot tall and weighs about 30lbs.

Last seen wearing purple Dora the Explorer pajama bottoms, pink princess sweatshirt and no shoes, Aliayah's ears are pierced and she is missing four (4) front teeth.

If you have any information on her whereabouts, call the Lewis County Sheriff's Department at 304-269-8245.


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