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Jury rules no mercy for Lena Lunsford on murder charge

Jurors on Tuesday rule that Lena Lunsford will not receive mercy on the charge of murder of a child by failure to provide necessities, which carries a life sentence. She still must be sentenced on the other three charges. (WCHS/WVAH)

Lena Lunsford, the mother who was convicted in Lewis County on four charges in the killing of her missing 3-year-old daughter, will spend the rest of her life in prison.

Jurors decided Tuesday that Lunsford will not be granted mercy on the conviction for murder of a child by failure to provide necessities.

On Monday, the jury convicted Lunsford on four charges in the death of Aliayah Lunsford, who was reported missing by her mother on Sept. 24, 2011.

Lunsford also was convicted on charges of death of a child by a parent by child abuse, child abuse resulting in injury and concealment of a dead body. She still must be sentenced on those charges. The death of a child by a parent by child abuse carries a sentence of up to 40 years in prison. The other two charges each carry sentences of one to five years.

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