After eight days of trial and seven hours of deliberation a jury found Carmela dela Rosa guilty of first degree murder for throwing her 2-year-old granddaughter off an elevated pedestrian bridge in November 2010.
The jury recommended that dela Rosa spend 35 years in prison.
During closing argument on Wednesday defense attorney said Dela Rosa was insane when she threw Angelyn off the 45-foot skywalk at Tyson’s Corner Center.
Dr. Stanton Samenow, a witness for the prosecutor testified who diagnosed Dela Rosa with borderline personality disorder, which filled her with anger and resentment toward her family members, said the grandmother “was able to appreciate the conseque3nces of her actions when she threw the grandchild over the railing….she knew it was wrong. She knew right from wrong.”
It is believed that Dela Rosa was after with her son-in-law for getting her daughter pregnant out of wedlock.
Police in McLean, Virginia are still trying to figure out what caused a 50-year-old grandmother to throw her 2-year-old granddaughter to her death in Fairfax County.
Police said around 7:00 p.m. Monday, Carmela Dela Rosa and other family members were leaving Tysons Corner Center when Rosa picked up her granddaughter, while they were crossing a walkway that links the mall to a parking garage, and threw her six stories down to a two way street.
The toddler, Angelyn Ogdoc, was rushed to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.
Initially, Rosa was charged with aggravated assault but now that the toddler has died authorities say it is likely that the charges will be upgraded to murder.