Woman who went missing after Virginia Beach fire charged with arson

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Monica Lamping-Bogart has been charged with one count of arson in connection to a January fire that burned down her Virginia Beach home. (Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office)
Monica Lamping-Bogart has been charged with one count of arson in connection to a January fire that burned down her Virginia Beach home. (Courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Monica Lamping Bogart, the woman who was declared missing with her children hours after her Virginia Beach home burned down in January, was charged with arson on Monday.

Lamping-Bogart was charged with arson in connection to a Jan. 22 fire that destroyed a Sullivan Boulevard home that she was renting, according to the Virginia Beach Fire Department.

A magistrate denied Lamping-Bogart bond on Monday.

A neighbor reported the fire in Lamping-Bogart’s home, located at 4932 Sullivan Blvd., around 3:30 a.m. The four people who lived in the home — Lamping-Bogart, her two children

and her roommate — were not there when the fire broke out.

Lamping-Bogart’s roommate, Courtney Bullock, lost two of her pets from smoke inhalation: a 9-month-old husky named Nevada and a 3-year-old cat named Boss.

Lamping-Bogart, her 7-year-old son, Kai, and 9-month-old daughter, Oria, were found safe on Jan. 25 at a North Carolina “off-the-grid” commune, Bullock said.

Kai returned to Virginia and has been living with his father, Kevin Lamping.

“Life has been great and Kai had adjusted amazingly! His welfare has always been our top concern,” Kevin Lamping said on Monday in a Facebook message.

On Jan. 26, the VBFD announced that a space heater left on in an upstairs bedroom was the cause of the fire.

Lamping-Bogart is currently being held at the Virginia Beach City Jail. Other charges are pending against her.

Mayfield can be read at adrienne.m@southsidedaily.com.

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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.