Toddler's wheelchair stolen from SUV in Denver

Denver Police asking for public's help

DENVER - For the past 2 1/2 weeks, life just hasn't been the same for little Heidi Palacios.

"She's scared to walk," her mother, Kiara Palacios told 7NEWS.

On May 2nd, bad news showed up outside their home in northwest Denver, stealing the family's Chevy Trailblazer and another set of wheels worth a lot more.

"My daughter's chair was in there," Palacios said.

Two-year-old Heidi was born with Spina Bifida, a congenital disorder that keeps the spinal cord from fully forming.  For the past seven months, she's relied on a custom-made wheelchair to get around.  Now that it is gone, so is her freedom.

"For them to steal something unnecessary for them, its not fair for her," said her Aunt, Bianka Palacios.

"She needs it," her mother said as she wiped tears from her eyes.

Denver police said they found the Trailblazer abandoned in front of 1250 N. Clermont two days after it was stolen.  As for the wheelchair?

"We thought it was in there, but it wasn't," said Palacios.

On Friday, Heidi's mother found her a temporary replacement chair, but said it's bigger, heavier and harder for her tiny hands to maneuver.  Her family now hopes someone will see the photo of her old chair and realize how much life it allows little Heidi to live.

"Give it back, I don't know why they did this," her mother said.

The wheelchair is yellow and black with the word "Jay" written on the seat.  A handicap placard that was inside the SUV is also still missing.

Anyone with information on the incident, or the missing wheelchair, is asked to call Det. Diaz de Leon at 720 913-1035; or call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 720 913-STOP (7867). Crime Stopper tips can also be texted to: 274637 (CRIMES) then title DMCS and enter a message.  Tipsters can remain anonymous.