Police: Woman behaving erratically was carrying dead baby

July 20, 2020 GMT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say that a woman has been arrested after attacking a police officer and found to be carrying a shopping bag that contained the body of a dead baby.

The Roanoke Times reports that the incident occurred Sunday at the Tanglewood Mall in Roanoke County.

Roanoke County spokeswoman Amy Whittaker said that police initially responded to the mall for a report “of a female behaving erratically.” She said an officer who responded was attacked and suffered a minor injury.


Police said the woman is Mandy Lavonne Lacy, 34. The child’s death remains under investigation.

Lacy was taken into custody and charged with assaulting a police officer. Whittaker said other charges are pending as the investigation continues. It’s unclear if she’s hired an attorney.

Whittaker said police believe that Lacy is transient. Authorities did not release any information about the baby or the baby’s relationship to Lacy.