Mother or murderer?

Karesha Buchanan, Staff Writer

Back in 2011 Kelly Renee Turner created GoFundMe accounts for her two daughters. Olivia Gant was known as the fun and energetic seven-year old who suffered from many life threatening terminal illnesses according to her mother Kelly Renee Turner.  More than two years ago, Gant made headlines for having neurogastrointestinal encephalomyopathy, a condition that attacks the central nervous system and organs. Turner then created a “bucket list” which local and national news sources covered extensively. Turner was arrested Friday, October 18 and taken to the Jefferson County sheriff’s office where she was held without bond until Monday, October 21 2019, when she was indicted twice for the murder of Olivia and charged with twelve other felony counts including child abuse, fraud and theft.

Olivia Gant was one of Turner’s three children and one of the two who were ill. When questioned by officials, Turner briefly mentioned a rare psychological disorder called Munchausen’s syndrome, where a parent or caregiver seeks attention as a result of someone in their care having an illness. But Turner denied her own allegations stating that “anyone who knows me knows how much I’ve been through with my children. I would never do anything to hurt them, ever.” It is presumed that Gant began “treatments” at just three-months old and didn’t come into the spotlight until 2015 when Turner created a GoFundMe for Olivia and her sister, bringing in over $22,000 towards “medical” bills and travel alone. She also created an account for her oldest child stating that she isn’t sick but the account was created simply so that she wouldn’t feel left out.

Gant went on many public ride-alongs with police and firemen. She was granted a wish from the Make A Wish Foundation where they contributed over $11,000 in creating a bat-princess party for her. Turner defrauded Medicaid for over $538,000 and ripped off the funeral home, coroner’s office, and cemetery. It is said by one of Gant’s many doctors and physicians Dr. Robert Kramer that within just a few short months after Turner had withdrawn all medical treatment, Olivia passed away. He says that Turner made him sign a do-not-resuscitate order stating that Olivia was so sick that the best thing to do was to just let her die. She passed away Sunday, August 20 2017, from supposed intestinal failure. Among the illnesses that Olivia was said to have had are autism, severe allergies, eating disorder, unexplained pain, seizures, and intestinal failure. Pages and charity sites about Olivia date back to 2011 when a page popped up on Facebook titled “Pray for Livi” where it stated that Olivia had a misshapen head and malformation of the brain. That same day another page for her other daughter appeared claiming that she had osteomyelitis, a bone infection, and ear and immunodeficiency. 

According to Dr. Kelly Lear, coroner at the Alapahoe County sheriff’s office, Gant’s death is ruled as undetermined since there is no initial known evidence of the cause of death. Turner is due back in court on November 1 2019.