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Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 02/18/2011

Grandmother in mall fall sent to grand jury

By Tom Jackman
Washington Post editors

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.

Original post
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.

By Tom Jackman  | February 18, 2011; 10:40 AM ET
Categories:  Fairfax, Homicide, Tom Jackman  
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I cannot believe we are wasting our money on this. Take her out to a bridge and throw her sick worthless butt off of it. Problem solved.

Posted by: Pilot1 | February 18, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I cannot believe that the Washington Post trivialized such a despicable act with the rhyming head line "Grandmother in mall fall due in court."

Also, the headline is entirely inaccurate...the grandmother was not involved in any "fall", she threw her innocent granddaughter off of a parking garage...

Posted by: jstover1 | February 18, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I cannot believe that three consecutive comments begin with the words "I cannot believe."

Also, the headline diction is fairly neutral. If they said "throw" or "toss" or "drop" or something to that effect, they'd have to include a qualifier like "alleged" or "accused," which makes the headline entirely too cumbersome and long. While I follow your reasoning, I think you're overthinking this a little, jstover1.

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | February 18, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

With more time -- and money -- taxpayers' might end up paying more for "adjudicating" this case than was wasted on the Levy murder.

Posted by: lilhornie | February 18, 2011 2:37 PM | Report abuse

WaPo I'm beginning to hate - yeah hate - your headlines.

It was NOT a fall. The child was THROWN to her death. The child was 'allegedly' murdered by her grandmother. How insulting, to the child, that you choose to trivialize her murder with you false headline.

Posted by: rlj611 | February 18, 2011 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Original headline:
"Grandmother in mall fall sent to grand jury"

Would any of these alternatives be better?:
"Grand jury weighs tossed child case"
"Grand jury weighs dropped child case"
"Grand jury weighs ejected child case"

I agree that the term "fall" is misleading and implies an accident. Small children fall from nontrivial heights due to negligence/oversight with surprising frequency. However, little Angelyn's death is believed to have resulted from a deliberate act of violence (witnessed by many people), not a mere accident.

Maybe the "mall fall" phrase is too glib/misleading.

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | February 18, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

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