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Grandmother Had History Of Mental Illness

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - A woman accused of throwing her granddaughter several stories from an elevated walkway outside a northern Virginia mall has a history of mental illness, an attorney said Wednesday.

Deputy Public Defender Dawn Butorac said that it is very early in the investigation, but the defense team is exploring 50-year-old Carmela Dela Rosa's mental health.

The Fairfax, Va., woman is charged with murder in the death of 2-year-old Angelyn Ogdoc. Police said Dela Rosa was leaving the mall with the toddler and two other adult relatives when she abruptly picked the girl up and threw her over the railing at Tysons Corner Center in Fairfax, just south of Washington, D.C. Angelyn died in a hospital several hours later.

Dela Rosa was being held without bond, and a preliminary hearing in the case was set for Jan. 4.

Grandmother Has History Of Mental Illness

TYSONS CORNER, Va. (WUSA/AP) - When Carmela Dela Rosa left the Tysons Corner food court and walked across the 50-foot high bridge, she was carrying her two-and-half-year-old granddaughter, according to the Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Ian Rodway. He says for no apparent reason, Dela Rosa intentionally threw the child off the walkway to the pavement below.

Deputy Public Defender Dawn Butorac said Dela Rosa has a history of
mental illness. Even though, it's still very early in the
investigation, the defense team is exploring 50-year-old Carmela
Dela Rosa's mental health.

Angelyn Ogdoc died hours later at the hospital.

Number of FCPS Students Taking AP and IB Exams Continues to Rise

Number of FCPS Students Taking AP and IB Exams Continues to Rise

From Fairfax County Public Schools:

Police: Grandmother Throws Child From Walkway

TYSONS CORNER, Va. (WUSA) -- "No. She's not crazy.  She'd never do that.  She loved that baby," said Russell Jackson, the next door neighbor to Carmela Dela Rosa.   The 50-year-old woman has been charged with murder in the death of her granddaughter,  2-year-old Angelyn Ogdoc.   Police say she threw the child off a six-floor outdoor walkway at Tysons Corner Center. 

Fairfax County police say it happened Monday, November 29, at around 7:10 p.m. on a 50-foot high bridge leading from a parking garage to the food court. 

When the fire department and emergency crew arrived, the child was conscious and alert. She was taken to an area hospital in critical condition.  Officer Tawny Wright, spokeswoman for Fairfax County Police, says the child passed away around 4:30 Tuesday morning.

Officials: Grandmother Was Carrying Child Before Throwing Her

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) -- The investigation on the grandmother, who police say threw her 2-year-old granddaughter off of a mall garage walkway, has revealed few details on what lead to the horrific event Monday night.

Police and the Fairfax Commonwealth Attorney's office are looking at surveillance video taken that evening at Tysons Corner mall, from every angle, to try to rule out all other possibilities of how the toddler, Angelyn Ogdoc, may have fallen off the walkway.

Ogdoc's grandmother, Carmela Dela Rosa, has no previous criminal record, according to the commonwealth attorney's office. However, they say they have been told she had some history of mental illness.

Dela Rosa was walking behind the rest of the family on the way out of the mall Monday night, carrying Angelyn in her arms, the Commonwealth Attorney's office tells 9News Now.

Fairfax County Dog Licenses Due January 31

Fairfax County Dog Licenses Due January 31

From Fairfax County:

  • All dogs four months of age or older must be licensed. Licenses are good for one year and must be purchased by January 31st.

  • License Fees: On October 20, 2008 the Board of Supervisors adopted a change to Fairfax County ordinance 41.1-2-2. The fee to purchase a 2009 dog license is now $10, for all dogs.

  • License tags are issued free of charge to the owners of dogs trained and serving as a guide dog for a blind person, a hearing dog for a deaf person, or a service dog for a mobility-impaired person.

  • License tags may be purchased by mail, on-line or in person, as follows:

Grocery Store Rush On Thanksgiving Eve

MCLEAN, Va. (WUSA) -- Shoppers have rushed out to grocery stores across the area for last-minute shopping for Thanksgiving dinner.

On the day before the turkey feast, 9NewsNow found people shopping for turkeys and all the trimmings.

Ann Bender says, "I'm busy. I just don't have the time."

Molly Farnsworth is cooking for a family of 7 and says, "I'm a procrastinator. I'm getting turkey, stuffing, the whole nine yards.  Hopefully, I can finish in time."

And when you just don't have the time, $40 will get you a pre-prepared turkey dinner, fully cooked with all the trimmings at Giant Food Stores.

That's what Bob Upton is doing for a 92-year-old woman he's helping out.

Upton says, "The gentleman is preparing it in the back and in about two minutes, I'll get the box and all the goodies."

Everything is fully cooked for convenience including the turkey that feeds 6-8 people.