Colorado mom WHO abused 7-year-old to death faces sentencing



In late summer 2017, Olivia Gant cheerfully sang Hakuna Matata from “The Lion King” as she was wheeled into hospice care in Denver wearing purple pajamas. “It means no worries for the rest of your days,” she sang. The 7-year-old died less than a month later.

The video put out by her mother Kelly Turner is one of many clips highlighting the little girl’s Battle With disease and death, Which Authorities say was used by her mother to dupe doctors and call for favors and donations to help ease her daughter’s pain.

Authorities say Turner spent years Fabricating her daughter’s illness, gaining sympathy from TV news stories and charitable foundations like Make-A-Wish, Which even Threw a “princess bat” costume party at a hotel for Olivia That cost $ 11,000.

The girl’s cause of death was listed as first intestinal failure, but an autopsy later found no evidence of That condition. Authorities Have Said not what killed her but, According to the indictment, doctors Went Along With Turner’s push it to stop feeding her daughter with her.

On Wednesday in a courtroom in Denver, Turner will be Sentenced last month after pleading guilty to child abuse RESULTING in death, fraud and theft charitable Between $ 100,000 and $ 1 million, ACCORDING TO Prosecutors. Turner HAD Also Been With Several counts charged of first-degree murder, attempt to influence a public servant and forgery.

Turner is in custody pending sentencing.

Psychiatrists say Turner’s behavior Munchausen syndrome Seems With consistent by proxy, a psychological disorder in increasingly featured in movies and television Which parents or caregivers seek attention from the illness of Their children or dependents and sometimes cause them injuries. But experts say These types of cases are not easy to detect. She Brought up the syndrome it on her own During an Interview with Investigators and denied she had it.

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Turner Moved to Colorado from Texas With her three daughters and doctors over the years Told, beginning in 2012, her daughter Olivia That was sick Numerous ailments and diseases With, convincing medical professionals to perform surgeries and fill prescriptions for illnesses That She Did not Have .

Several doctors Turner Said That was the primary source of information for Olivia’s medical history, According to the indictment. Investigators discovered blogs, to GoFundMe site and news stories in Which Turner Described Olivia’s various health conditions without medical proof – Including claims That She Suffered from a seizure disorder, a tumor and a buildup of fluid in the cavities deep within her brain.

At Olivia’s first ER visit, the doctor thought she Appeared to be growing normally. But the next year, a surgeon at the same hospital removed part of her small intestine her feeding tube and inserted to.

The actions $ 25 million to prompted claim against the hospital system by Olivia’s grandparents and father, arguing That the hospital failed to do Their duties as mandatory reporters of child abuse. The case was resolved in August. A lawyer Representing the grandparents Said She Could not comment further.

Before Olivia was ADMITTED to hospice care Where she died, doctors Said She Had Been receiving only 30% of the required nutrition, According to the indictment.

Throughout Turner’s campaign to bring attention to her dying daughter, she donations to help Sought Fulfill Olivia’s dreams of catching a bad guy with police and being a firefighter. A video put out by a suburban Denver city government shows Olivia riding on a truck, putting out a dumpster fire and telling firefighters to stand at attention – all of Which are met With the little girl’s smiles and laughter Several DESPITE medical tubes poking out of her backpack.

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While Turner’s behavior along the way Suspicions raised, it was only after Olivia died in hospice care in 2017 and Turner Brought her older daughter to the same hospital doctors With Bone Pain That Decided to take a closer look.

Prosecutors Declined to say if Turner custody of her still ADH other two children. The older daughter has not any additional medical or Reported problems complaints of pain since October 2018.

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Nieberg is a corps member for the Associated Press / Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a national nonprofit service program That places Local Journalists in Newsrooms to report on under-covered issues.


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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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