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Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 09/27/2011

Father of toddler thrown from walkway testifies

James Ogdoc was working at Starbucks when he got the frantic call from his wife, Kathlyn, one day last November. Their two-year-old daughter, Angelyn, was on her way to the hospital

Ogdoc testified yesterday at the murder trial of his mother-in-law, Carmela Dela Rosa, 50, who is accused of tossing Angelyn, her granddaughter, off a 44-foot walkway at Tysons Corner Center. The little girl died at the hospital.

Fairfax County prosecutors said in court that Dela Rosa is a “spiteful” woman who planned to kill the child. They contend Dela Rosa was angry James Ogdoc because her daughter had gotten pregnant out of wedlock. 

Public Defender Dawn Butorac argued that Dela Rosa, who entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, is a troubled woman who had been in a ”downward spiral” in the months before Angelyn’s death.

Dela Rosa tried to commit suicide several times in the months before Angelyn’s death, and her mental health issues were exacerbated by the family’s financial problems and the death of her brother in the Philippines, Butorac said.

James Ogdoc, who broke down during his testimony, said a co-worker drove him to the hospital that day. He said Angelyn was connected machines to monitor her vitals.

When her heart stopped beating he said, “They tried to resuscitate her but they eventually gave up because the brain damage was too much.” 

By Teresa Tomassoni  |  03:37 PM ET, 09/27/2011

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