Kelly Renee Turner Bucket List Mother Arrested

If you thought Gypsy Rose Blanchard‘s life story was gruesome, brace yourself for this one. On Monday, October 21, the Douglas County Sheriff revealed that a Colorado mother named Kelly Renee Turner was arrested and accused of killing her daughter Olivia Grant on Friday, October 18 after pretending the 7-year-old girl was terminally ill. According to local news Fox 31, a grand jury indicted the woman on two counts of first-degree murder, one count of child abuse, three counts of theft, three counts of charitable fraud, two counts of attempting to influence a public servant and two counts of second-degree forgery. She is currently in custody at the Douglas County Detention Facility.

“Following a year-long investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, an 18th Judicial District grand jury returned a 13-count indictment against Kelly Renee Turner … for charges related to the August 2017 death of her then 7-year-old daughter, Olivia Gant,” read a statement shared on the Douglas County Sheriff’s website. “Olivia’s death was the subject of Denver area news media attention at the time. Detectives arrested Turner at a Glendale hotel Friday morning.”

Like Gypsy, Olivia used a wheelchair and a feeding tube. According to the Washington Post, family, friends and even the general public thought she had been diagnosed with a rare incurable disease and was dying from intestinal failure. A GoFundMe page her mother set up raised over $22,000 for her treatment — which had allegedly included several invasive surgeries — and she’d be given the opportunity to spend time with the Denver Police Department and South Metro Fire Rescue as part of her bucket list wishes of things she wanted to do before she died. Eventually, the indictment claims the young girl passed after her mother had a “do not resuscitate” order issued and withdrew all of her medical care and nourishment.

Per 9News, Turner is also accused of “defrauding the Medicaid system, two foundations that provide memorable experiences to terminally ill children and hundreds of people who donated to her online fundraising page.” The mother has also been accused of abusing her older daughter who is now 11 after claiming the girl had cancer. When questioned by police, she allegedly denied having Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another (FDIA), previously known as Munchausen syndrome by proxy, which is what Dee Dee Blacnhard is believed to have had. “That has never been my case, like at all, whatsoever,” Turner said according to the indictment obtained by the outlet. “You can talk to anyone that stood by my side through … all of this.”

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