UPDATE: Jury doesn’t recommend mercy for Lena Lunsford

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Lena Lunsford

Update 4/24/18 8:07 p.m.

WESTON, WV (WBOY) – A Lewis County jury has convicted Lena Lunsford on all four counts involving the death of her then 3-year-old daughter, Aliayah.

Lunsford was found guilty of one count of murder of a child by parent, guardian or custodian or other person by refusal or failure to provide necessities, one count of the death of a child by a parent, guardian or custodian or other person by child abuse, one count of child abuse resulting in injury, and one count of concealment of deceased human body.

The jury of 10 women and two men decided to not recommend mercy for Lunsford after deliberating for only 15-20 minutes. Lunsford will not have parole and will likely spend the rest of her life in prison. The formal sentencing will take place at a later date. 

The jury heard from members of Lunsford’s family Tuesday. The family members were recommending that since Lunsford had not shown mercy on her own child that the jury should not show mercy on her. 

Prosecutors will hold a press conference Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.

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LEWIS COUNTY, W. Va. — The woman who dominated national headlines for killing her 3-year-old daughter was convicted on Monday, April 23, 2018. 

Lena Lunsford was convicted on charges of murder of a child by a parent or guardian, death of a child by a parent or guardian, child abuse resulting in injury and concealing a body.

Lunsford was prosecuted for hitting her daughter, Aliayah, in the head, killing her in September of 2011.

Aliayah’s two older sisters testified they saw their mom hit the girl in the head, then take her body to a wooded area. Prosecutor Christina Flanigan told jurors during closing arguments that Aliayah was treated worse than a dog.

Defense attorney Tom Dyer disputed the daughters’ testimony and said there’s no evidence a death occurred.

Lunsford faces up to life in prison. Jurors now must determine whether she will be eligible for parole.

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