ARVADA, Colo. — A grand jury has indicted two women in the deaths of three people in a fire at an adult foster care home in Arvada in 2016, the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.
Mary “Liz” Turner, 32, and Shana “Dee” Moore, 47, were to care for two disabled clients living in the home.
One of the victims, Tanya Bell, was a disabled resident of the home. Moore’s adult daughter and 4-year-old granddaughter were staying overnight on May 13 and were also killed.
A fourth victim, a disabled man, suffered serious bodily injuries, prosecutors said.
According to the indictment, Turner and Moore were smoking cigarettes on the front porch of the home at 6152 Robb St. on May 13.
The women put out their cigarettes and put them in an empty box, in a drawer in a bamboo table on the porch, the indictment said. The butts smoldered, then ignited, causing a fire on the porch. The fire then spread to the rest of the home.
Turner and Moore each were indicted on felony 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.
Turner and Moore have been told to turn themselves in at the Jefferson County jail. Each will be released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond, the district attorney’s office said.