EVANSVILLE, Ind (WEHT) Four of the six people charged in connection to the overdose death of a toddler last week are now being charged with murder, including the child’s mother. Allison Smithler, Arcinial Watt, and Jazmynn Brown had their initial court hearing on Tuesday.
The murder charges for Smithler and Brown are in addition to the neglect of a dependent leading to death. Enhancements of committing a felony while part of a criminal gang were also added to the list of charges for all three.
The child’s mother, Makaylee Opperman, is also being charged murder and she had the criminal gang enhancement added. The child’s grandparents, Amber and Brandon Opperman are being charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death. All three also had their initial court hearings on Tuesday.
3-year-old Kamari Opperman died last week after ingesting a Fentanyl pill. Three other children age 4 and under were taken to the hospital during the investigation. Two of them were given narcan and another had a skull fracture.