(07/03/2018)
A Lewis County woman, Lena Lunsford received a life sentence Monday with no chance for parole for her conviction on the charge of murder of her child.

She also received the maximum sentence on the charge of death of a child by a parent by child abuse, which carries a sentence of 40 years. Lunsford also received the maximum sentence on the charges of child abuse resulting in injury, which carries a sentence of two to 10 years, and concealment of a dead body, which carries a sentence of one to five years. The sentences will be served consecutively.

Lunsford was convicted in April in the death of her infant daughter Aliayah Lunsford, who was reported missing by her mother on Sept. 24, 2011. Lunsford's daughters, then 9 and 11, testified that Lunsford hit Aliayah in the head with a broken off piece of a bed board slat on the evening of Sept. 23, 2011. They testified that the following morning, Lunsford put Aliayah’s lifeless body into a laundry basket and then covered it with more clothes.


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