Transcript for Mother allegedly lied about daughter’s fatal illness: Authorities
Colorado. Olivia died at age 7 after her mother said she was terminally ill. Strangers helped her complete her bucket list and done nated thousands to her care. But authorities have exhumed her body and now her mother is charged with murder. ABC's Clayton Sandell from Denver. Reporter: Olivia gant's final wishes brought her community together. So, here's my bucket list. Reporter: Her mother constantly by her side as Denver firefighters and police made her an honorary first responder. She is in intestinal failure and we don't know how much Reporter: But two years after she died, investigators tonight say Olivia's condition was all a lie. Her mother, 41-year-old Kelly turner, charged with several counts, including murder. Police tipped off when turner allegedly lied about a second daughter having cancer. Investigators exhuming Olivia's body a year after she died said she found none of the problems her mother claimed made her These are parents who are intentionally and dlib rally trying to trick health providers and the people around them. Reporter: Turner allegedly mentioned munchausen-by-proxy to investigators, a psychological disorder where a caregiver makes a child sick on purpose. She denied it, but multiple doctors say they told turner her daughter was never terminally ill. They say she repeatedly ignored their advice. But this is medical abuse where the medical system is being used as a weapon against the child. Reporter: Authorities believe turner was also after money, charging her with receiving fraudulent medicaid payments totaling more than half a million dollars and running a gofundme account that raised another $22,000. The official cause of Olivia's death, undetermined. Turner has not entered a plea. And her attorney is not commenting. As for turner's other daughter, authorities say once she was separated from her mother, her symptoms disappeared. David? An awful story. Clayton, thank you.
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