State: Grandma killed toddler for revenge

Sept. 27, 2011 at 11:32 AM
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FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 27 (UPI) -- A Virginia prosecutor said anger, hatred and revenge drove a Fairfax County woman to toss her 2-year-old granddaughter over a railing at a shopping center.

Carmela Dela Rosa, 50, is on trial on charges of killing Angelyn Ogdoc by throwing her off a 44-foot walkway at Tyson's Corner Center Nov. 29, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

Commonwealth Attorney Ray Morrogh said Dela Rosa killed the child as a way to get back at the girl's father whom she blamed for getting her daughter pregnant out of wedlock and then splitting her off from the family.

"This defendant killed this child because she was a spiteful woman," Morrogh said. "It was her way or the highway in life."

A very different portrait of Del Rosa, who pleaded innocent by reason of insanity, was sketched by Public Defender Dawn Butorac at the trial opening Monday.

Butorac said Del Rosa was a loving grandmother who suffered from a "major depressive disorder."

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