WHEELING, W.Va. — A federal magistrate judge released Lena Lunsford Monday until a final hearing can be held on allegations that she violated her probation.
The Lewis County woman, the mother of missing Aliayah Lunsford, was arrested last week after allegedly violating her supervised release by not paying restitution and spending time with a convicted felon.
Lunsford was convicted on food stamp fraud charges in the months after her daughter’s disappearance in Sept. 2011. No one has been charged in connection with the disappearance. Aliayah Lunsford was three-years-old at the time.
Federal Magistrate Judge James Seibert found Lena Lunsford was not a danger to herself or others and released her until a final hearing can be held on the allegations. Lunsford could be sent back to prison if it’s found she violated her probation.
Lunsford previously served eight months in federal prison.