Kelly Turner faces sentencing after abusing daughter to death

Kelly Turner faces sentencing after abusing daughter to death

A Colorado mother who pleaded guilty to abusing her 7-year-old daughter to death will be sentenced on Wednesday.

Kelly Turner faces up to 16 years in prison for the 2017 death of her daughter Olivia Gant, whom the mother claimed suffered from several diseases, including a seizure disorder and a tumor, according to an indictment against her.

But authorities say Turner for years fabricated her daughter’s supposed ailments and diseases, convincing medical professionals to perform surgeries for and treat illnesses she never had.

Olivia’s cause of death, intestinal failure, was even later determined to be false.

The little girl’s body was exhumed in 2018 as part of an investigation into the mother, and a medical examination found no signs of intestinal failure.

Authorities have not revealed an updated cause of death.

But, according to the indictment, Turner had successfully pushed doctor’s to stop feeding her daughter after she was admitted to Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Olivia was being fed through a feeding tube at the hospital where doctors said she had nutritional deficiencies.

Turner also pleaded guilty to felony theft and felony charitable fraud.

The mother defrauded the Medicaid system of over $538,000, the indictment said, as well as charitable foundations like Make-A-Wish.

Kelly Turner abused her daughter, Olivia Gant, by making her go through unneeded surgeries and defrauding Medicare.
Kelly Turner abused her daughter Olivia Gant by making the 7-year-old go through unneeded surgeries and defrauding Medicare.
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She gained sympathy for Olivia from television news stories, a GoFundMe site and blogs that detailed Olivia’s various health conditions without medical proof.

Turner’s behavior, according to psychiatrists, aligns with Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a psychological disorder in which a parent or caregiver lies about or creates an illness suffered by their dependent to garner attention.

With Post wires

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