Julie Carey, Bill Hennessy
A Fairfax woman pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in the killing of her 2-year-old granddaughter. Carmela Dela Rosa is accused of throwing the toddler to her death from a parking garage overpass outside of the Tysons Corner Center last November. (Courtroom sketches by Bill Hennessy.)
The November death of a toddler at Tysons Corner Center was an act of revenge by the child’s grandmother, the prosecution said in opening statements Monday.
A jury was seated and heard opening statements Monday in the trial of 50-year-old Carmela Dela Rosa, accused of killing her 2-year-old granddaughter Angelyn Ogdoc by throwing her off an elevated walkway at the mall.
Dela Rosa hated her son-in-law for getting her daughter pregnant out of wedlock and threw the girl to get even with him, prosecutors said.
"We are about to take a very unpleasant journey together,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Morrogh said. “We are going to go deep into the dark side of humanity, into the darkest place of the human heart."
Video will show Dela Rosa pausing before picking up the child and throwing her, according to the prosecution.
The defense argued Dela Rosa was mentally ill and legally insane when she allegedly killed Angelyn.