” The Bat Princess” Olivia Gant, 7, was a local terminally ill celebrity. She spent her final months riding along with police and firefighters and taking on criminals at a Denver-area school.
Who knew it was part of all cooked up lies?
Her mother, Kelly Turner, aka Kelly Gant, was behind this brilliant money-making plan. She has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder. She killed Olivia, her daughter, in 2017. According to Colorado law, there is a special provision in case if someone in a position of trust kills a child younger than 12.
Turner also faces a count of child abuse and ten other charges related to her alleged bilking of Medicaid, hospitals, and charities, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, out of more than a half-million dollars.
After a year-long investigation, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office arrested Turner on Friday at a hotel in Glendale, Colorado.
How was the truth discovered?
When Turner got her elder daughter to Children’s hospital in Colorado, stating that her elder is treated for cancer when they lived in Texas. As per Doctors, this was not true when the history of medical records was searched as per Turner’s statement.
When the elder daughter was inquired separately about her illness, she accepted no medical issues. It further raised suspicion over Olivia’s death.
The autopsy was conducted on Olivia’s body to check whether the girl died from intestinal failure or she suffered from many of the conditions Turner reported. The investigators further found out that there was nothing for which Olivia was treated, constituted a terminal illness.
The mother just fabricated the story of Olivia for monetary gains and claimed a lot of money, including money from Make a wish foundation. As per indictment, she has done fraud of at least $600k.
In addition to the murder and child abuse counts Turner’s faces, she is also charged with two counts of forgery, two counts of attempting to influence a public servant, three counts of theft and three counts of charitable fraud.
“I am extremely proud and impressed with the determination of all agencies involved, especially my detectives. While it has been an extremely emotional case, they have investigated all aspects of it with diligence and professionalism,” Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said in a statement.
Well, a mother up to all these tricks taking advantage of her daughter’s illness is unimaginable. We hope Olivia is in a peaceful place.