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Grandma allegedly sends grandchild on fatal plunge, arrested

After the incident, Dela Rosa was arrested and initially charged with aggravated malicious wounding. But prosecutors then reviewed that charge and upgraded it to murder.

A Virginia grandmother has been arrested and charged with the murder of her two-and-half-year-old granddaughter after she threw her off a six stories walkway at a shopping mall on a family outing, according to several tabloids reported, citing police officials as saying on Tuesday.

Carmela Dela Rosa, 50, of Fairfax County, who often babysat her daughter’s toddler daughter, threw the girl several stories from Tysons Corner Center mall in Fairfax, reports the Associated Press.

Fatal plunge
The innocent victim, Angelyn Ogdoc, plunged more than 50 feet to the ground after her maternal grandmother suddenly tossed her over the side of the open walkway that connects the shopping mall to a parking garage.

The toddler girl died hours later at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

The family was leaving the mall when this unbelievable tragedy took place, the reports say.

The family was leaving the mall when the grandmother suddenly picked Angelyn up and threw her over the railing, sending the girl on a fatal plunge to the pavement several stories below, Fairfax County police spokeswoman Tawny Wright told the AP.

Grandma’s gruesome act
On Monday, Dela Rosa had been shopping with her husband, daughter, and granddaughter at the Tyson's Corner Centre, police said.

The family was leaving the mall when the grandmother suddenly picked Angelyn up and threw her over the railing, sending the girl on a fatal plunge to the pavement several stories below, Fairfax County police spokeswoman Tawny Wright told the AP.

Angelyn's body crashed into the pavement 50 feet below, and she was rushed to Inova Fairfax Hospital with critical injuries, where she died about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Witnesses interviewed
All family members remained at the scene after the incident, and said they have 'no reason' why Rosa threw Angelyn off the bridge.

After carrying out interviews with the family members who witnessed the incident the investigators determined that the girl's death was not an accident, Wright said.

"Our detectives looked at that and determined the act was intentional," Wright said.

Arrested and charged with murder
After the incident, Dela Rosa was arrested and initially charged with aggravated malicious wounding. But prosecutors then reviewed that charge and upgraded it to murder.

The woman is held without bond, and a preliminary hearing in the case is set for Jan. 4, prosecutor Ian Rodway said.

Neighbors called them a ‘happy family’
Meanwhile, Dela Rosa's neighbors are baffled with her unbelievable action.

One of the neighbors, 51-year-old Russell Jackson who lives in the row house next door, said that Dela Rosa lived with her husband and a son and often cared for her granddaughter, reports the AP.

Dela Rosa's daughter and granddaughter were frequently at the home, he said, describing them as "a happy family."

"She was a sweet, happy baby," he said of the young girl, adding that the grandma and her grandchild could often be seen in the window of their home, waving to passers-bys.

"You could see them in the window waving at you," he said, adding Dela Rosa would encourage the little girl to throw kisses to her neighbors.

Another neighbor Joan Nalewpa, who lives across the street from the Ogdocs, said the family's affection for the toddler was apparent. "These people loved that baby," she said.