Grandmother pleads guilty to abandoning girl at fireworks show

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DENVER — Brenda Littlespottedhorse pleaded guilty Thursday to leaving her granddaughter in a “abandoned and neglected” in a stroller after the Independence Eve fireworks show at Civic Center Park.

Littlespottedhorse, 55, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of wrongs to a minor for leaving the girl, believed to be 2 or 3 years old, at the park. She will be sentenced Aug. 14 and could face up to one year in jail and a fine of $999.

Littlespottedhorse was arrested July 9 in Lakewood on an outstanding warrant for a probation violation out of South Dakota a day after Denver police gained a warrant for her arrest. She originally pleaded not guilty before changing the plea on Thursday in Denver District Court.

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The unidentified 2- or 3-year-old girl was left “abandoned and neglected” by her grandmother at Civic Center Park on Friday, July 3, 2015.

The Denver Police Department said in a report the girl was found “abandoned and neglected” in a stroller in the middle of Civic Center Park after Independence Eve festivities ended about 10:15 p.m. July 3.

According to family members, the girl was left in the care of Littlespottedhorse, who also is named Brenda Gallas.

Littlespottedhorse’s boyfriend Anthony Cardenas said it was a misunderstanding. After the fireworks show, Cardenas said he realized Littlespottedhorse had lost track of the girl and that Littlespottedhorse thought the girl was with him. When Cardenas told her to call police, Littlespottedhorse 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 Littlespottedhorse, 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.

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