Colorado mother who portrayed daughter as terminally ill accused of killing the girl

The mother of a 7-year-old girl whose illness and final wishes attracted media attention before her death in 2017 was killed by her mother, not by terminal diseases, according to a grand jury indictment.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office investigated Kelly Renee Turner, also known as Kelly Renee Gant, 41, for a year in connection to Olivia Gant’s death. She was arrested Friday at a hotel in Glendale and booked into the Douglas County jail, according to the sheriff’s office. She is being held without bond.

She was indicted by a grand jury on two first-degree murder charges, child abuse, three counts of theft, three counts of charitable fraud, two counts of attempt to influence a public servant and two counts of second-degree forgery.

“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,” Sheriff Tony Spurlock said in the release.

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