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DNA taken to compare baby’s body found in shopping bag to woman, warrant shows

Mandy Lacey mugshot from Western VA Regional Jail
Mandy Lacey mugshot from Western VA Regional Jail(Western Va Regional Jail)
Published: Jul. 21, 2020 at 12:46 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - A Commonwealth of Virginia search warrant indicates investigators are comparing the DNA of a woman with that of a baby found dead in a bag being carried by her.

The warrant asks for DNA swabs to be taken from Mandy Lacey, who is being held in the Western Virginia Regional Jail to confirm that she is the baby’s mother.

The body of the baby found in Lacey’s grocery-style bag Sunday was partially decomposed, according to Roanoke County Police, making it difficult to determine the baby’s age and sex.

According to the search warrant, the body was found wrapped in a jacket inside the bag.

The warrant was issued in relation to an offense substantially described as a “violation of Section 18.2-32 of the 1950 Code of Virginia, as amended, to wit: Murder.”

Police say the violation doesn’t mean Lacey will be charged with murder. That will be determined pending results from the Medical Examiner.

According to courthouse warrants, Lacey was deemed to have a mental health illness.

The body was found Sunday after Lacy allegedly punched an officer who had responded to a call about her acting erratically while walking around Tanglewood Mall.

Lacey, 34, believed to be homeless, was arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer. More charges are pending.

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