When Olivia Gant, well-known in her community as “Batgirl,” died in 2017, it was initially believed she had finally succumbed to a series of health issues. Her mother, Kelly Turner, who also goes by Kelly Gant, has since been accused of faking the 7-year-old’s illnesses so she could enjoy gifts from Make-a-Wish foundation and perks from other charities.
On Wednesday, the Colorado mother, who was arrested following an investigation last year, pleaded not guilty to all charges stemming from Olivia’s death, including counts of first-degree murder and child abuse, CBS 4 reported.
Turner previously claimed her daughter had been diagnosed with neurogastrointestinal encephalomyopathy, a condition that attacks the body’s vital organs. Little Olivia’s health woes caught the eye of both the Make-a-Wish Foundation and DaVita Inc. — a Denver based dialysis company — who teamed up to help the girl play out of her dreams of battling alongside Batman.
Make-a-Wish, which grants wishes to critically ill patients, paid $11,000 for a party during which Olivia dressed up as a “Bat Princess” to rescue princesses Belle and Ariel from Disney villains, Ursula and Captain Hook, CBS 4 previously reported.
Olivia also enjoyed ride-alongs with firefighters and served as a police officer for a day as part of a collective effort to help the child check items off her “bucket list.”
What’s more, a GoFundMe account set up in 2015 raised more than $22,000 for the young girl’s medical costs.
An investigation into Olivia’s death was launched after Turner brought another daughter in for medical treatment, claiming she had been suffering from bone pain.
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Kelly Turner pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday to the 2017 death of her seven-year-old daughter Olivia Gant, CBS4 reported.
The 41-year-old mom faces charges of first-degree murder, child abuse, charitable fraud, theft, attempted influence of a public servant and forgery, according to the news outlet.
Turner’s three-week trial is set to begin on May 3, 2021, in Denver, Colorado.
She currently remains in jail on a $250,000 bond.
Her daughter passed away in 2017 – just weeks after Turner stopped medical care and nourishment for Gant.
Turner had claimed that her daughter’s quality of life was below par, however, some doctors were reluctant to believe Gant was gravely ill.
According to the Denver Post, one physician was allegedly pushed to sign a “do not resuscitate” order.
The indictment ultimately states that Turner faked her daughter’s sickness.
Investigators said Turner’s daughter was admitted into Children’s Hospital Colorado in the month leading up to her death.
Gant died in August 2017 under hospice care.
Her death certificate revealed she died from chronic intestinal failure, seizure disorder, and autism.
Turner was indicted on murder in 2019 after doctors questioned the daughter’s “medical problems” in addition to Gant’s illness.
Gant’s body was later dug up from her grave – leading to a second autopsy which found her death to be undetermined.
Meanwhile, Turner reportedly mentioned Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSBP) to investigators, however, she denied she had the mental health illness.