Fil-Am grandma on trial for tossing two-year-old grandchild to her death from a 50-foot high walkway
ABS-CBNNews.com reports that the trial of Filipino-American grandmother Carmela dela Rosa, who is accused of tossing her two-year-old granddaughter to death from a walkway last year, got under way on Monday. The prosecution presented close-circuit TV (CCTV) footage of the November 29, 2010 incident which happened at the Tysons Corner Center, a mall in Fairfax County, Virginia.
ABS-CBNNews.com reports that the trial of Filipino-American grandmother Carmela dela Rosa-who is accused of tossing her two-year-old granddaughter to death from a walkway last year-got under way on Monday, September 26. The prosecution presented close-circuit TV (CCTV) footage of the November 29, 2010 incident, which happened at the Tysons Corner Center, a mall in Fairfax County, Virginia.
The toddler, Angelyn Ogdoc, is the child of Dela Rosa’s daughter Kathlyn and her husband James Ogdoc.
9 News Now revealed that the CCTV footage shows Angelyn leaving the mall with Kathlyn and Dela Rosa. Dela Rosa’s husband Leandro was also with them. On the walkway, Dela Rosa picked up Angelyn, quickly walked to the railing, and then threw her off. Leandro and Kathlyn witnessed the incident. Angelyn died in the hospital the next morning, November 30, 2010.
The Washington Examiner reports that Dela Rosa, 50, is opting for an insanity defense. Dela Rosa’s attorney, public defender Dawn Butorac claimed that Dela Rosa suffered from a major depressive disorder. The lawyer also revealed that last year, Dela Rosa attempted suicide by swallowing pills, slashing her wrists, and driving her car off the road.
The Washington Post quotes family friends who said Dela Rosa was upset when Kathlyn became pregnant at a young age and then married James in 2008, when both were 20. Prosecutors used this argument, saying that Dela Rosa killed her granddaughter out of jealousy and spite against the child’s father, James, "for getting her daughter Kathlyn pregnant out of wedlock while they were both sophomores at the George Mason University."
The ABS-CBNNews.com report revealed that prosecutors also noted that Dela Rosa showed "a deep anger and hostility towards her son-in-law and envy towards her granddaughter who became the center of the family's attention."
Dela Rosa reportedly told investigators: "(James) took (Kathlyn) from me too early. He didn't give her a chance to explore. I just saw James through (Angelyn), through the baby. Everybody loves (Angelyn). I feel like (my husband) loves her more than me. I feel like there's no more love for me."
The trial is expected to last two weeks.