ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – UPDATE 7/21, 4 P.M.
A warrant from the Commonwealth of Virginia reveals that investigators want to collect DNA from a woman who was found carrying a dead baby at Tanglewood Mall on Sunday to determine if she is the child’s mother.
34-year-old Mandy Lacy is charged with assaulting a police officer after she was reportedly found carrying a dead baby around with her in a shopping bag at Tanglewood Mall in Roanoke on Sunday.
The warrant shows that in addition to the charge for assaulting an officer, 34-year-old Mandy Lacy could be facing additional, pending charges, including murder.
The Commonwealth’s warrant was issued in relation to “Violation of Section 18.2-32 of the 1950 Code of Virginia, as amended, to wit: Murder.”
According to the warrant, the dead baby was found wrapped in a jacket in a small grocery bag that Lacy had been carrying. She was arrested for assault on police and drunk in public.
Authorities requested Lacy’s DNA in order to determine if the dead baby was her child.
Roanoke County officials said Tuesday that the baby’s body was partially decomposed, making identification difficult. Authorities are awaiting the medical examiner’s findings.