Lunsford was freed from a federal prison earlier this year after serving eight months for welfare fraud.
Weeks after her daughter, Aliayah Lunsford, disappeared in September 2011, Lena Lunsford was indicted on charges that she illegally swapped welfare benefits for cash five times in two months. She pleaded guilty to selling $114 worth of credit on her food-stamp card for $50 cash and reported to prison in June 2012.
Lunsford's lawyer, public defender Brian J. Kornbrath, had opposed relocating her, saying she is a "social pariah'' in the Clarksburg area because of publicity surrounding her daughter's case.
Aliayah Lunsford was 3 when she went missing from her family's home near Bendale in Lewis County in September 2011. Aliayah has never been found, and authorities have made no arrests and identified no suspects.
Lena Lunsford's other six children are in state care, and the state Supreme Court has upheld a Lewis County judge's order terminating her parental rights.
Kornbrath said in a court filing earlier this month that moving Lena Lunsford to the Clarksburg area would undercut her chances of succeeding while she is on supervised release. He said it would be difficult for her to find a job and she has nowhere to live.