Grandmother of girl abandoned at Denver fireworks show arrested in Lakewood
LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Brenda Littlespottedhorse, the woman who was wanted on a warrant for leaving her young granddaughter at the Independence Eve fireworks show in Denver’s Civic Center Park, was arrested Thursday morning, the Lakewood Police Department said.
Littlespottedhorse, 55, was taken away outside her home at 9607 W. Arizona Ave. on a warrant out of South Dakota for a probation violation. She was booked into the Jefferson County Jail.
The Denver Police Department said the girl was found abandoned in a stroller in the middle of Civic Center Park after Independence Eve festivities ended about 10:15 p.m. Friday. The girl, who is 2 or 3 years old, was able to speak a little but not enough to say what happened.
According to family members, the girl was left in the care of Littlespottedhorse, who also is named Brenda Gallas. Denver police obtained a warrant for her arrest for a charge of wrongs to minors on Tuesday.
Gallas’ boyfriend Anthony Cardenas said it was a misunderstanding. After the fireworks show, Cardenas said he realized Gallas had lost track of the girl and that Gallas thought the girl was with him. When Cardenas told her to call police, Gallas convinced him not to do so.
“She acted like somebody had her, her daughter had her, she thought her daughter came and got her,” Cardenas said.
Cardenas called police the next day. He believes Gallas, who has a long criminal history in South Dakota and Colorado, was afraid to call police.
The little girl initially was placed into the protective care of human services but she has been returned to her mother, Cardenas said.