Mom who ran off to NC with her kids pleads guilty after 2017 fire kills 2 pets

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach mother who was charged in connection to a fire that destroyed her home has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges.

Monica Lamping was charged with arson following a fire at her home on Sullivan Boulevard in January 2017. No one was home at the time of the fire, but officials said two pets were killed.

Lamping’s family reported her and her two children missing after the fire. 

Authorities found them at an eco village in North Carolina a few days later.

Prosecutors believed Lamping intentionally set the house fire using an oil lamp.

WAVY’s Jason Marks reports Lamping pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two counts of felony animal cruelty.

The arson charge Lamping was faced with was nolle prossed, or withdrawn.

Lamping’s plea comes after her trial was pushed back several times.

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