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posted by Admin on November 11th, 2016 at 12:53 PM

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Daughter still missing, but mother arrested in St. Petersburg on murder charges
Sara DiNataleSara DiNatale, Times Staff Writer

Friday, November 4, 2016 2:14pm
No body has been found, but a woman living in St. Petersburg has been arrested and extradited to West Virginia on charges she killed her young daughter there with a strike to the head.
Lena Lunsford, 34, told authorities five years ago that 3-year-old Aliayah had vanished from her bedroom. Authorities launched a national search. Family in Lewis County, W.Va., held out hope for years that the young girl would be found safe and alive.

"It comes with great sadness that I report that Aliayah Lunsford, who went missing on Sept. 24, 2011, is deceased," Lewis County Sheriff Adam M. Gissy said at a news conference in a Lewis County courtroom Friday.

Aliayah was inside her West Virginia home when she received the fatal blow from a handheld object, according to a Sheriff's Office criminal complaint. The report says that Luns­ford struck her daughter intentionally and that the mother of seven didn't help the girl or let others who were present help her, either.

The girl was "visibly suffering from trauma caused by the strike," Deputy E.E. Carpenter wrote in the complaint, adding that, based on witness accounts, "within hours of the strike, the child victim died."

Afterward, Lunsford took steps to conceal what happened, deputies said.

"These include, but are not limited to, originating a fictitious narrative regarding the death, destroying evidence, concealing the victim's body, and instructing witnesses to conceal the true circumstances of the victim's death," Carpenter wrote.

Gissy said investigators still do not know the location of Aliayah's body, but believe her mother does. He did not answer questions at the news conference.

For more:Tampa Bay.com

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