Kelly Renee Turner, 41, also known as Kelly Gant, was arrested Friday, Oct. 18, at a Denver-area hotel and is being held without bond in the Douglas County Jail in the 2017 death of Olivia Gant, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office’s statement.
Turner said that her daughter, Olivia, was diagnosed with neurogastrointestinal encephalomyopathy, the rare disease attacks body organs, and that Olivia was autistic and had seizures, a tumor, a misshapen head, a brain malformation, and developmental delays, according to an arrest affidavit, Crime Online reported.
In 2011, Turner started a personal blog for updating Olivia’s supposed medical conditions, and then she posted on social media.
In 2015, Turner launched a GoFundMe page and raised over $22,000 saying that the money would be used “financially, spiritually, and emotionally” for her family.
In 2017, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and DaVita Inc., a dialysis company in Denver, paid about $11,000 to help Olivia battle Disney villains after dressing her up as the Bat Princess, as part of the little girl’s bucket list.
Seven-year-old Olivia died on Aug. 20, 2017, supposedly from intestinal issues.
Several doctors at the Children’s Hospital Colorado reported that they didn’t think Olivia had the illnesses that her mother kept insisting on. But an investigation wasn’t launched until Turner allegedly claimed that her other child had been diagnosed with cancer.
The indictment alleges Turner caused Olivia Gant’s 2017 death. No cause of death has been determined by authorities.
Turner is charged with first-degree murder, child abuse, theft, charitable fraud, attempt to influence a public servant and second-degree forgery.
Turner is also accused of defrauding Medicaid of over $500,000.
If convicted of first-degree murder, Turner faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.
A GoFundMe representative told PEOPLE that the site has banned the account and will process refunds for donors while working with law enforcement.