Gran guilty of throwing girl off skywalk

A US grandmother has been convicted of first-degree murder for tossing her two-year-old granddaughter from a sixth-level pedestrian bridge at a shopping mall.

Carmela dela Rosa claimed she did not know right from wrong when she threw Angelyn Ogdoc off the skywalk at Tysons Corner Centre last November.

Prosecutors said dela Rosa knew what she was doing.

She was motivated by anger at her son-in-law for getting her daughter pregnant out of wedlock, prosecutors said.

Jurors saw a videotaped confession in which dela Rosa told detectives that she saw Angelyn as a way to get back at the son-in-law, James Ogdoc.

Defence witnesses testified that dela Rosa was diagnosed with severe depression and tried to kill herself on several occasions in the months before the incident.

Public defender Dawn Butorac argued that dela Rosa was a different woman in her depressive episodes, withdrawn and “afraid of the world” to the point that she regularly refused to leave the house.

The jury must now decide on a prison term.

She faces 20 years to life.

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