Virginia Grandmother Charged in Girl's Fatal Fall

It’s sad to see news like this after having a great Thanksgiving week with my family in Virginia. I was originally going to post an article on human trafficking in Chicago, but the story of a Virginia woman being charged with the murder of her granddaughter just got to me. According to police reports, Carmela Dela Rosa, a grandmother was charged with murder Tuesday after she threw her 2 1/2-year-old granddaughter off a fifth-floor walkway at the busy Tysons Corner Center on Monday night.

Angelyn Ogdoc of the 1800 block of Griffith Road in Falls Church was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital in critical condition after plunging 50 feet or more to the pavement, police said. The hospital notified detectives about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday that Angelyn had died. Carmela Dela Rosa, 50, initially was charged with aggravated malicious wounding, but the charges were upgraded early Tuesday afternoon. She is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, police said.

According to a Washington Post article, police offered no information about what could have prompted Dela Rosa, described by neighbors as a loving and warm caregiver to Angelyn, to cause her granddaughter harm. No one answered the door at either Dela Rosa’s home or Angelyn’s Tuesday, and neighbors said they were shocked and mystified by the grim allegations.

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