Defense Continues Building Insanity Defense in Tysons Corner Granddaughter Slaying Case

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    The defense continued testimony Tuesday in the case against Carmela Dela Rosa, the Fairfax woman accused of killing her granddaughter by tossing her over a sky walk at Tysons Corner. (Sketches by Bill Hennessy) (Published Monday, Oct. 3, 2011)

    Testimony resumed Monday in the trial of a Fairfax County, Va., woman accused of killing her 2-year-old granddaughter in November 2010.

    Carmela dela Rosa was mad at her son-in-law when she tossed Angelyn Ogdoc off a skywalk at Tysons Corner Center, prosecutors said. She resented the girl’s father for getting her daughter pregnant out of wedlock and marrying her young, according to the prosecution.

    Dela Rosa’s defense maintains she was insane at the time and continued to build that case Monday.

    Two Shenandoah National Park rangers carried to the stand pictures of dela Rosa's van lodged in an embankment off Skyline Drive. She reportedly tried to commit suicide there in late September 2010.

    "I'm so sorry for all the wrong I’ve done,” read a note found near the crash. “I love you all from the bottom of my heart.”

    It was the second apparent suicide attempt in the months before dela Rosa was charged in her granddaughters’ death murder.

    Dela Rosa’s friends and longtime psychotherapist testified Monday that she's suffered bouts of depression for a decade but that her teenage daughter's pregnancy, a job loss and financial troubles sent her into a tailspin last year.

    The second suicide attempt "told me she continued to be severely depressed and was spiraling down,” therapist Jeanne Marquis said. “She had never displayed this behavior before."