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A Fairfax grandmother was sentenced to 35 years in prison Jan. 6 for murdering her granddaughter by throwing her off a sixth-floor parking deck walkway at Tysons Corner Center mall in November 2010.

Carmela dela Rosa, 51, was found guilty of first-degree murder last October in Fairfax County Circuit Court after a jury decided she was legally sane at the time of the incident.

On Nov. 29, 2010 Fairfax County police said fire and rescue officials were called to the mall shortly after 7 p.m. for a call of a fallen child.

Fairfax County police said when rescue crews and police arrived on the scene it was ascertained that dela Rosa, of the 3100 block of Ellenwood Drive in Fairfax, had been walking out of the mall to a parking garage with 2-year-old Angelyn Ogdoc, of the 1800 block of Griffin Road in Falls Church, and other family members. Police said that for an unknown reason, dela Rosa picked up the girl and then threw her over the edge of a six-story walkway connecting a parking deck to the mall.

Ogdoc was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital in life-threatening condition, where she later died. Dela Rosa, a Filipino native and U.S. citizen, initially was charged with aggravated malicious wounding and transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

According to court records, dela Rosa later confessed to police that she was upset with her son-in-law and threw the toddler in an attempt to get back at him for getting her daughter pregnant out of wedlock. Her charges were then amended to first-degree murder.

Dela Rosa later was evaluated for mental illness, but the circuit court jury in October denied her attorney’s claims that she was legally insane. The jury recommended the 35-year sentence, which was imposed by Circuit Court Judge Bruce White on Friday.

Dela Rosa’s attorney, Dawn Butorac, has said publicly that her client suffers from severe depression and that she will appeal the guilty verdict.

gmacdonald@fairfaxtimes.com