Grandmother in mall fall sent to grand jury
Update, 3 p.m.
A Fairfax County juvenile and domestic relations judge found probable cause to believe Carmela Dela Rosa murdered her two-year-old granddaughter at a preliminary hearing in the Fairfax courthouse Friday afternoon. Dela Rosa remains in the Fairfax jail without bond, and a grand jury will consider her case for possible indictment on Tuesday.
A full story on the emotional hearing in Fairfax juvenile court, including the first public comments from the two-year-old's mother and Dela Rosa's own admission to police, will appear shortly.
The Fairfax County woman accused of hurling her 2-year-old granddaughter to her death at Tysons Corner is due in court Friday afternoon for her preliminary hearing on a charge of murder.
Carmela Dela Rosa, 50, was with her daughter and granddaughter at Tysons Corner Center on Nov. 29. Police allege that as the family was walking along a fifth-floor walkway from the mall to the parking lot, Dela Rosa, holding her granddaughter Angelyn Ogdoc, stepped to the railing and dropped Angelyn down.
Angelyn was not killed instantly, and Dela Rosa was initially charged with malicious wounding. The child died the next day, and the charge was upgraded to murder.
A preliminary hearing does not involve entering a plea, and only requires prosecutors to show there is probable cause that a defendant may have committed a crime. The judge would then certify the case to the county grand jury for possible indictment.
Fairfax Commonwealth's Attorney Raymond F. Morrogh is handling the prosecution. Chief Deputy Fairfax Public Defender Dawn M. Butorac is representing Dela Rosa.
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