After claiming that she had a rare condition to make money for charitable donations, a mum was accused of murdering her daughter.
Kelly Turner, from Colorado in the US, is alleged to have suffered a rare and fatal disorder, epilepsy, autism, extreme asthma and intestinal failure from her daughter Olivia Gant.
Olivia died in 2017 and she was initially believed to have died due to her multiple circumstances.
By allegedly claiming that her other daughter also had medical concerns, Turner aroused doctors’ suspicions.
The death of the seven-year-old was due to intestinal failure, but “undetermined” has since been judged as the cause.
According to prison records, Turner has pleaded not guilty to a variety of offences, including first-degree murder, child neglect, second-degree forgery, and trying to manipulate a public servant.
Prior to her death, the group gathered around Olivia. “In the months before she died, a fundraiser was planned so she could cross things off her “bucket list”.
Local media confirmed that she allegedly had neurogastrointestinal encephalomyopathy, a rare condition that causes the body to shut down.
Volunteers from the Make-A-Wish-Foundation made one of the dreams of the then six-year-old come true when they dressed up at the Denver offices of the organization as Disney characters, like Ursula and Ariel.
Then Olivia marched through the halls, struggling against them.
“You could give me all the money in the world, and I would give it back to you to be able to watch this again.”You could give me all the money in the world, and I’d give it back to you so that you could watch it again.
For Olivia, more than £ 16,000 was raised on a fundraising page that has been taken offline since then.
Turner reported on the page that her daughter began to show signs of the disease at just nine months of age.
She wrote in November 2014 that Olivia “endured numerous hospital stays, surgeries, treatments, invasive testing just to sustain living”
According to the indictment, in the weeks before her death, Turner stopped medical treatment for her daughter.’
The humane thing to do was to stop Olivia’s treatment and artificial feeding to allow her to die because the quality of her life was so bad, she is said to have argued.
One doctor told investigators that the mother had demanded that he sign Olivia’s ‘do not resuscitate’ order.
According to the indictment, a few weeks after Turner was given the option of taking her home for hospice treatment, Olivia died.
Turner is also accused of defrauding the more than $538,000 (£397,000) Medicaid scheme, a system that helps those citizens in the US on a limited income compensate for medical treatment.
The body of the child was now exhumed and an autopsy was done, which showed no signs of the disease or others that Turner believed she was suffering from.