The mother of a missing Lewis County 3-year-old has begun serving her eight-month prison sentence for welfare fraud.
The U.S. Bureau of Prisons' website shows that 29-year-old Lena Lunsford reported as ordered Thursday and was being held Friday at the Federal Prison Camp at Alderson.
Lunsford was sentenced in May after pleading guilty to selling $114 worth of credit on her food-stamp card for $50 cash. She'd been indicted on multiple counts last October, accused of swapping the benefits for cash five times in two months.
Lunsford's daughter Aliayah disappeared from their rented Bendale home more than nine months ago, on Sept. 24, 2011.
Investigators have made no arrests, named no suspects and refused to say what they think happened to the girl.