Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Angel Montoya killed his girlfriend's daughter, three, and dumped her body in a ditch ... and her mother tried to help him get away with it

A man was found guilty of gruesomely murdering his girlfriend's three-year-old daughter and enlisting the mother's help to hide the child's body.

Angel Montoya, 26, was convicted today in Denver, Colorado of strangling toddler Neveah Gallegos, stuffing her body in a bag and dumping her among debris in a ditch.

The child's mother, Miriam Gallegos, 24, is already serving 12 years in prison for pretending the girl was kidnapped in an effort to help Montoya get away with the crime.

Montoya, who was charged with first-degree murder, faces life in prison.

The tragedy occurred on September 21, 2007 when the mother left her daughter with Montoya while she worked at a Sports Authority store.

When Miriam Gallegos returned, she found her child's lifeless body under a blanket.

Montoya originally told the mother that he was not responsible, according to prosecutors.

But then the two decided to work together so that Montoya can get rid of the girl.

Gallegos told a stranger that a red-haired man kidnapped her daughter, it was revealed during the trial. Read More