Carmela Dela Rosa was sentenced to 35-years in prison for dropping her 2-year old granddaughter from a sixth-level walkway. In November 2010 at the Tyson’s Corner Center outside of Washington D.C., Camela dela Rosa, 51-years old, dropped her granddaughter 44 feet to her death while the parents looked on.
In a videotaped confession, Carmela dela Rosa told police officer’s that she killed her 2-year old granddaughter, Angelyn Ogdoc to get back at her son-in-law for getting her daughter pregnant out of marriage.
What’s even more sickening to this story is not only was the murder caught on surveillance camera, but Carmela dela Rosa admitted to detectives that she had plotted the murder of her 2-year old granddaughter Angelyn Ogdoc while her family enjoyed time at the Tyson’s Corner Center mall.
At the murder trial in Fairfax, Virginia, in October 2011, Carmela dela Rosa’s lawyer couldn’t argue successfully to the jury that his client was legally insane.
A follow up was reported by Oakton Patch that, “Defense attorney Dawn Butorac told the court dela Rosa’s mental illness has deteriorated since her initial incarceration in December 2010. At this point, she’s heavily medicated and “numb,” Butorac said. She argued even though the jury rejected testimony that dela Rosa was insane at the time of the crime, her documented history of mental illness was definitely a “contributing factor.”
“Jail or prison is not the appropriate place for Mrs. dela Rosa” to receive treatment, Butorac said.
Carmela dela Rosa did make an apology to the jury in the courtroom saying, “I’m very sorry for what I’ve done.” Tears in her eyes, she said again, “I’m very sorry.”
Sometimes, sorry doesn’t cut it; especially in murder.
Family and friends flew from all around the world to help support Carmela dela Rosa on Friday in court. Some of those 30 family members and friends included; her husband, Leandro dela Rosa, daughter and son-in-law, Kat and James Ogdoc, and her son, David dela Rosa. They were all sitting behind her during the prosecution at the sentence hearing.
Judge Bruce White had the option of reducing the sentence but left it at the 35-years, saying “That a grandmother would do something like this to her grandchild is almost unimaginable.” Since dela Rosa’s immigration to the U.S., she has only received one traffic violation.