Va. Beach mother who disappeared after house fire charged with arson

Monica Lamping (Photo: Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach mother who was reported missing after she took her two children to an eco village in North Carolina has been charged with arson.  Her bond hearing has been set for Wednesday morning.

Monica Lamping (Photo: Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)

Monica Lamping’s home in the 4900 block of Sullivan Boulevard went up in flames in the early morning hours of Jan. 22. The fire destroyed the home and left two pets dead.

No one was home at the time of the fire and Lamping’s Jeep Cherokee wasn’t around.

Family reported Lamping and her children missing after they were unable to find her or reach her by phone. They began spreading pictures and information about them on social media.

Police eventually said Lamping was considered missing and endangered due to “suspicious circumstances.”

Timeline surrounding disappearance of Monica Lamping and her children

Four days after she was reported missing, Lamping and her children were found safe.

Fire officials say more charges are pending against Lamping, who is in custody at the Virginia Beach City Jail.

Her bond hearing is set for Wednesday morning.  Her attorney argued for bond to be set Tuesday afternoon, but the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office asked for the extension so they could get more information from fire investigators.