Share story

WESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A prosecutor says a woman who reported her 3-year-old daughter missing in West Virginia struck the girl in the head before putting her to bed, then abandoned the body in a laundry hamper in a wooded area.

The Exponent Telegram reports opening arguments began Monday in the trial of 35-year-old Lena Marie Lunsford Conaway. She is accused in the September 2011 death of Aliayah (ah-LEE’-ah) Lunsford, whose body has never been found.

Lewis County Prosecutor Christina Flanigan told jurors that Conaway refused to get help for the girl. Instead, the body was driven to a remote location.

Conaway is charged with murder of a child by parent by failure to provide necessities, death of a child by parent by child abuse, child abuse resulting in injury and concealment of a dead body. Conaway now lives in Florida.

Most Read Nation & World Stories

Unlimited Digital Access. $1 for 4 weeks.