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Lawyer opposes relocating missing W.Va. girl's mom

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. -- The attorney for the mother of a missing 3-year-old West Virginia girl is opposing a federal probation plan to move her from Wheeling to the Clarksburg area.

Lena Lunsford was released from a federal prison earlier this year after serving eight months for welfare fraud.

Federal public defender Brian J. Kornbrath says in a Thursday court filing that Lunsford has been living at a YWCA in Wheeling.

Kornbrath says federal probation officials plan to relocate Lunsford after the YWCA told her she's no longer eligible for a substance treatment program that allowed her to stay free of charge.

Kornbrath says Lunsford is a "social pariah" in the Clarksburg area because of publicity surrounding her daughter Aliayah's disappearance in 2011.

The Exponent Telegram ( ) first reported Kornbrath's motion.


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