ARVADA, Colo. – Two caregivers have been charged with a slew of felonies for allegedly negligently starting a fire last May that killed one of their patients as well as one of the women’s daughter and granddaughter.
Mary “Liz” Turner, 32, and Shana “Dee” Moore, 47, were both indicted Tuesday on charges of negligent child abuse resulting in death, criminal negligence in the death of an at-risk adult, criminally-negligent homicide and criminal negligence resulting in serious bodily injury to an at-risk person.
The First Judicial District Attorney’s Office says Turner and Moore were working for Parker Personal Care Homes, which owned the home that eventually burned down.
They were living there while caring for two disabled clients, but Moore’s adult daughter and 4-year-old granddaughter were visiting the day of the fire, according to the district attorney’s office.
Moore and Turner had been smoking cigarettes on the house’s porch. They tried to put them out and thought they had done so, but one of the cigarette butts smoldered and eventually lit the porch aflame, according to the indictment.
The fire spread to the rest of the home and claimed the lives of Moore’s daughter and granddaughter, as well as one of the disabled patients, before the Arvada Fire Department could extinguish it. The other person Moore and Turner were caring for suffered serious injuries, according to prosecutors.
Turner and Moore have both been told to turn themselves in to the Jefferson County jail, where they have been assigned $10,000 personal recognizance bonds.