Kelly Turner Sentenced To Prison For Faking Child’s Illness

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Kelly Turner is another so called Mother whose abuse of her seven year old daughter led to her death. According to court documents Kelly Turner spent years faking her daughters illness and giving the little girl a ton of medications. On top of Kelly Turner making her daughter’s life a living hell the woman also scammed the community and raised a ton of money telling the community that her daughter was dying from a terminal illness. For whatever the reason Kelly Taylor would be able to plead guilty to child abuse causing death and not second degree murder like she was originally charged with and received a sixteen year prison sentence

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Kelly Turner was just sentenced and yet to enter the Colorado Department Of Corrections

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Five years after 7-year-old Olivia Gant died in a Denver hospice after being fed only popsicles and juice for 19 days, a judge on Wednesday sentenced her mother to 16 years in prison for causing the girl’s death.

Kelly Turner, 44, pleaded guilty in January to a felony charge of child abuse that negligently caused her daughter’s death. As part of the plea agreement, first-degree murder charges against Turner were dismissed and the prosecution and defense agreed to the 16-year prison term.

Turner also pleaded guilty to felony theft and fraud charges, for which she received a combined 13-year prison sentence to be served at the same time as the 16-year sentence.

Turner was accused of pretending for years that Olivia was sick when she was actually healthy, and was accused of manipulating doctors at Children’s Hospital Colorado into putting Olivia through a series of unnecessary and at times life-threatening procedures. Turner ultimately convinced Olivia’s medical team that Olivia should be discharged to hospice, where she was heavily medicated and given no nutrition until she died.

At the time, some doctors and nurses at Children’s Hospital Colorado raised concerns that Turner might be medically abusing Olivia, but the hospital did not alert outside authorities before Olivia died, despite the state’s mandated reporting laws, a Denver Post investigation found. Instead, the hospital investigated with its own internal child protection team, which decided there was no need to alert outside authorities.

“If anybody spoke up and protected Olivia, she would be here today,” her grandfather, Lonnie Gautreau, said in a statement read in court Wednesday. He wept during the sentencing and called for changes to the state’s mandatory reporting laws to help protect other children.

Olivia was a high-profile patient at Children’s Hospital Colorado who was featured in the hospital’s marketing materials. Her mother fed on that attention and status, The Post found. Doctors and caregivers at Children’s Hospital Colorado missed or dismissed several warning signs that Olivia’s supposed illness might not be real, The Post found.

A spokeswoman for the hospital declined to comment on Wednesday’s sentencing. Ara Ohanian, Turner’s public defender, said during the sentencing that Olivia suffered legitimate medical problems and that Turner did not kill the girl.

“She is not guilty of murdering her child,” he said. “The plea we took in this case is negligent child abuse.”

He said the “case turned” when doctors and attorneys from Children’s Hospital Colorado sat down with the defense and talked the attorneys through their decision making. Ohanian then offered a lengthy defense of the doctors’ actions. The hospital in September resolved a $25 million civil claim by Olivia’s family.

Christopher Gallo, 18th Judicial District chief deputy district attorney, said during the sentencing that the plea agreement was “not complete justice, not perfect justice” but was “some level of justice.”

“It is an unfortunate and very frustrating thing that the most insidious crimes a person can commit are also the most difficult to prosecute and prove,” he said.

District Court Judge Patricia Herron imposed the agreed-on sentence and, in a surprise move, also ordered that Turner cannot financially benefit from Olivia’s death in the future.

“Whether that be because of a movie consultation, book consultation or book deals,” Herron said. “…The order is Ms. Turner shall not, and will not for the rest of her life, be allowed to benefit further financially from this case or the facts connected with this case.”

Should such deals generate any money for Kelly Turner, that money must be donated to the charities that she defrauded, Herron said.

Colorado mom who portrayed daughter as terminally ill sentenced to 16 years in prison for causing 7-year-old’s death

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Kelly Turner is currently incarcerated within the Colorado Department Of Corrections

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Kelly Turner is not eligible for release until 2037
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