Denver man convicted of killing 3-year-old child

By the Associated Press | May 7, 2012 | 2:25 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Denver jury has found a man guilty of murder, child abuse and abuse of a corpse in the death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter, whose body was found in a trash bag.

Twenty-six-year-old Angel Montoya was found guilty Monday in the 2007 death of Neveah Gallegos.

KMGH-TV reports ( ) Montoya faces life in prison.

Prosecutors say he killed Neveah while her mother was at work, and that the couple made up a story that the girl had been kidnapped.

Neveah's mother, Miriam Gallegos, is serving 12 years in prison, followed by five years of mandatory parole for child abuse resulting in death.