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Lena Lunsford Back in Court

Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Tim Rock
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Dec. 19, 2011 7:59 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 19, 2011 8:40 PM EST

Weston , Lewis County , West Virginia

The mother of a missing Lewis County toddler goes to court to fight for custody of her six other children.

Lena and Ralph Lunsford still refuse to plead for Aliayah Lunsford’s return.

Christmas Eve marks three months since Aliayah was reported missing. With so many unanswered questions, speculation continues to swirl in Lewis County that those closest to Aliayah know more than they’re saying.

It’s a mystery that’s shaken the small town of Weston to it’s core. Still searching for answers, protestors waited outside the Lewis County Courthouse on Monday, seeking justice for Aliayah.

“We’re just not going to stop until she’s brought home, one way or the other,” says Tina Green, who came from Morgantown to be a part of the demonstration.

“She’s missing. She’s gone. I mean, where is she at? How can you go to somewhere and laugh and giggle and act like, go about your business like nothing happened,” says Tina Smith, Aliayah’s aunt.

In an effort to reportedly regain custody of her six other children who were taken away shortly after Aliayah vanished, Lena Lunsford went before a judge in a closed door hearing, but still refuses to offer any insight as to what she thinks happened to her daughter.

“Did you or your husband have anything to do with her disappearance?” asked Eyewitness News reporter Leslie Rubin as Lena went into the courthouse. She would not respond.

“Why will you not speak with the media?” asked Rubin. She did not answer any questions.

Her husband, Ralph Lunsford, was also at the hearing and continued to try and duck the media and questions from those waiting outside.

“You have never told us anything about Aliayah’s disappearance and many fingers are being pointed at you so what do you have to say about that?” asked Rubin.

“No comment,” he responded.

Aliayah’s supporters say their silence speaks louder than anything else.

“If I could talk to Lena, you know, I guess I would say, ‘you were supposed to protect her, what happened?'” says Green.

Holding out hope for a Christmas miracle, they say they’ll fight for Aliayah until the very end.

“There’s no clue in sight, and we need answers,” says Margie Blake of Weston.

“It’s just like everything’s put on hold to find Aliayah. That’s what we want, we want her home for Christmas. Bad or good, we just need her home,” says Smith.

CPS hearings are closed to the public, so we do not know the outcome of the hearing.

There is still a $20,000 reward being offered by the FBI for information on Aliayah’s disappearance.

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Aliayah Lunsford Allegedly Last Seen

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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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