Carmela Dela Rosa knew right from wrong, psychologist says in trial
A forensic psychologist says Carmela Dela Rosa knew right from wrong when she allegedly threw her 2-year-old grandchild to her death from a Tysons Corner walkway last November.
Dr. Stanton Stamenow says Dela Rosa told him she resented her grandchild because the toddler was getting more attention and love from other members of the family.
Dela Rosa planned to throw the child from the walkway as the family sat inside the mall food court. Dela Rosa even went so far as to make sure she had the baby and that the other adults walked ahead of them as they left the mall.
Stamenow, the prosecution's final witness on Wednesday, says that after examining Dela Rosa he determined she has borderline personality disorder but is not psychotic.
He says she was angry and resentful at her daughter for getting pregnant out of wedlock and that the anger spread toward her feelings for Angelyn.
Earlier in the trial, Dela Rosa's defense attorney portrayed the accused as a loving grandmother who suffered from major depressive disorder and had tried four times to commit suicide.
Closing arguments are expected this afternoon.
Fifty-year-old Dela Rosa of Fairfax has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity at the trial, now in its second week.
Defense witnesses have testified that Dela Rosa was diagnosed with severe depression and tried to kill herself on several occasions in the months before she tossed 2-year-old Angelyn Ogdoc off the 45-foot walkway at Tysons Corner Center last November.
Jurors heard closing arguments Wednesday.
The jury will choose between potentially finding Dela Rosa guilty of 1st-degree murder, 2nd-degree murder or not guilty by insanity.
She faces up to life in prison if convicted.
At the conclusion of closing remarks, Carmela Dela Rosa's defense lawyer Dawn Butorac called on the jury to find her client not guilty by reason of insanity.
Butorac insisted that Dela Rosa, who has been diagnosed with major depressive disorder, did not understand what she was doing last November when she tossed her granddaugher over a sky walk railing.
Prosecutor Ray Morrogh stated near the end of his remarks that, "none of those problems rose to the level of insanity."
He added that, "...mental illness...does not excuse crime...because life is precious...and i can't think of anything more precious that that little girl."
He said Dela Rosa is a "...spiteful woman who did a spiteful thing and i ask you to find her guilty."
At 6:30 p.m., the jury returned to the courtroom after about 30 minutes of deliberations and decided to recess until 9 a.m. Thursday.
The judge told jury members that if they don't reach a verdict Thursday they can continue to deliberate on Friday.