Va. Beach mother charged with arson posts bond, with conditions

Moncia Lamping appears in court Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Credit: WAVY/Aaron Kurtz

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach mother charged with arson was granted bond Wednesday morning along with “a significant number of conditions.”

Monica Lamping was charged for a fire in late January that destroyed her home on Sullivan Boulevard. No one was home at the time of the fire, but officials said two pets were killed.

Family members reported Lamping and her children missing after they were unable to reach her by phone. Prosecutors believe Lamping set the Jan. 22 fire purposefully using an oil lamp.

Lamping was granted $25,000 bond, as well as conditions that include wearing a GPS tracking device, living at her parents’ home in Chesapeake, having no contact with her previous roommate and remaining on good behavior. The sheriff’s office confirmed she posted bond Wednesday afternoon.

She must also not leave Virginia, possess a firearm or dangerous weapon, continue mental health treatment and comply with pre-trial services.

Timeline surrounding disappearance of Monica Lamping and her children

Lamping’s attorney said in court Wednesday that she is on medication for PTSD and depression, and is currently seeing a clinical social worker.

Her former roommate, Courtney Bullock, said outside of court Wednesday, “I really want justice.”

Bullock lived with Lamping for two months. She says everything seemed fine during that time.

“I never got the vibe that something could be going on,” she said. “We got a long on so many levels. It was like instant connection.”

But then there was the fire at their shared home in January. Bullock wasn’t there at the time, but her dog Nevada and cat Boss died in the fire.

“I miss the experiences and memories that I was supposed to have with Boss and with Nevada,” Bullock said.

Lamping was found at an eco village in North Carolina four days after she was reported missing.

“I really think she didn’t care,” Bullock said. “She wanted to get out for what ever reason and didn’t care what happened.”

Lamping was in a custody battle over her son. Her attorney says she suffers from PTSD and depression. She is currently on medication and seeing a clinical social worker. Her son is living with his father and her daughter with her parents.

Her former roommate says that was no excuse.

“I don’t want her to get away with it,” Bullock said.

Fire officials say more charges are pending in this case. A preliminary hearing has been set for June 1.