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Posted at 6:40 PM ET, 02/25/2011

Va. grandmother indicted in girl's death

By Tom Jackman
Tom Jackman

The Fairfax County woman who allegedly dropped her two-year-old granddaughter to her death from a Tysons Corner walkway has been indicted by a Fairfax grand jury on a murder charge.

Carmela Dela Rosa, 50, was with her husband, her son, her daughter and her granddaughter, Angelyn Ogdoc, at Tysons Corner Center mall on Nov. 29. Angelyn's mother, Kathlyn Ogdoc, testified in a preliminary hearing last week that the family was walking across a fifth-floor skywalk from the mall to the parking lot around 7:20 p.m. when she looked back to see her mother, Dela Rosa, picking up Angelyn.

Kathlyn Ogdoc testified that she took a few more steps, turned around again, and saw her mother was leaning over the skywalk's railing, her hands empty. Ogdoc raced to the ground to find her daughter severely injured, and Angelyn died nine hours later.

A police officer who was first at the scene testified that Dela Rosa said to him, "Yes, I did it. I threw the baby off." Dela Rosa was arrested and later charged with murder.

Dela Rosa has suffered with mental health issues for years, attorney Dawn M. Butorac said after the hearing.

Fairfax Juvenile Court Judge Helen F. Leiner found probable cause to certify the case to the grand jury in circuit court. The grand jury issued its murder indictment on Tuesday, but the document was not publicly available until Thursday. A trial date was set for next month, but a true trial date will be set after both sides handle pretrial hearings and motions, which are expected to include requests for mental evaluations of Dela Rosa.

By Tom Jackman  | February 25, 2011; 6:40 PM ET
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Comments

At least this time the Post doesn't say the girl took "a fall."

Posted by: ReindeerDippin | February 25, 2011 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I pray for this family. The daughter who's child Dela Rosa dropped to her death will have to forgive her mother eventually. It will take time but the daughter can't go through life hating her mom. There's a history Dela Rosa has that could explain her action...not excuse but offer an insight into Dela Rosa's mind at the time. God bless this family.

Posted by: skinfreak | February 26, 2011 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Granny allegedly dropped her granddaughter to her death. The girl is allegedly dead at a mall allegedly called Tyson's in a state allegedly known as Virginia.

Posted by: randysbailin | February 26, 2011 8:11 PM | Report abuse

This story is INADEQUATE. It does not state WHY the grannie dropped the girl off the bridge. Was she nuts? Did she hate the kid? Was she off her meds? There's got to be a REASON.

Posted by: hoticetea | February 27, 2011 9:15 AM | Report abuse

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