Probation Hearing Scheduled For Mother Of Missing WV Toddler

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Associated Press

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Updated Tue, May 7, 2013 10:41 am

A judge will hear arguments later this month on a plan to move the mother of a missing West Virginia girl from Wheeling to the Clarksburg area, where Lena Lunsford says she's a "social pariah."

U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey has scheduled a hearing for May 23 in Wheeling.

Lunsford was freed from prison after serving eight months for welfare fraud and placed on one year of supervised release. Probation officials now want to move her.

Lunsford opposes the move. She's been living at a YWCA, attending West Virginia Business College and working at a pizza shop. Public defender Brian Kornbrath also says she's pregnant with her eighth child.

Three-year-old Aliayah Lunsford vanished in 2011 in Lewis County. Authorities have never found her or arrested anyone.

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