DENVER — “A Denver mother will spend the next 12 years in prison for her role in the murder of her young daughter.
That’s the sentence handed down Thursday to Miriam Gallegos, 23.
Gallegos’ lawyers asked for probation, saying the young mother had been a victim of sexual and physical abuse as a child.
Gallegos triggered an all-out search for her daughter, 3-year-old Neveah Gallegos, after falsely reporting to police that Neveah had been kidnapped from her arms on Sept. 21, 2007.
Police later learned the little girl was dead, allegedly strangled by Gallegos’ boyfriend, Angel Montoya.
Inside the courtroom, prosecutors said Gallegos was so blinded by love for her boyfriend, Angel Montoya, that she disregarded her most important relationship as Neveah’s mother.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Michelle Amico said, “In failure to protect her daughter, before and after her death, the value she assessed her daughter’s life was no greater value than a piece of trash.”
“Instead of calling for help, or rushing outside with her daughter in her arms, she chose to protect her boyfriend,” Amico said. She said the couple placed Naveah’s body in a trash bag, then inside a duffel bag. Montoya then allegedly hid her body under debris, including a tire and wood, in a Lakewood ravine.
The prosecution said Gallegos completely and utterly ignored red flags against leaving Naveah with Montoya, who is a registered child sex offender.
Montoya faces first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death charges, and his trial is scheduled for Feb. 10.
Based on personal experience, I feel this woman should be in prison for the rest of her life. I know what it feels like to have a mother who chooses a child sexual abuser over her own daughter. I also know what it feels like to have a mother who had wished I was dead and who stood by while my father held a knife to my throat. This child was nothing more than a piece of trash to her mother, and that’s exactly what it feels like to the child. I felt like a piece of useless garbage for most of my life. After many years of intensive psychotherapy, I no longer feel that way about myself, but this child died feeling inside that her mother considered her as garbage.
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