A grandmother was charged with murder November 30, 2010, after she allegedly threw her 2 1/2-year-old granddaughter off a fifth-floor walkway at the busy Tyson's Corner Center on the previous Monday night.
Angelyn Ogdoc of the 1800 block of Griffith Road in Falls Church, Virginia, was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital in critical condition after plunging 50 feet or more to the pavement. The hospital notified detectives about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday that Angelyn had died.
Asked whether the death could have been accidental, Fairfax County Police spokeswoman Officer Tawny Wright said "our detectives looked at that and determined the act was intentional."
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 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.
In January 2012, Carmela Dela Rosa was sentenced to 35 years in prison for the murder of her granddaughter.