Six Arrested in Connection to Death of Child in Evansville

Six people have been arrested on charges of drug dealing and neglect after the death of a young child in Evansville.

Posted: Oct 27, 2021 11:25 AM
Updated: Oct 28, 2021 8:43 PM

Six people have now been arrested in connection to the death of a child in Evansville, Indiana.

It all started on Wednesday morning when officers were called to a home on E. Michigan Street about a child not breathing.

L to R: Brandon Opperman, Makaylee Opperman, Amber Opperman - (Vanderburgh County Jail)

In a 911 call obtained by 44News, the child's grandmother, who was later identified as 32-year-old Amber Opperman, told dispatchers that "the baby got ahold of a fentanyl pill" and wasn't taken to the hospital.

When authorities spoke to the child's mother, who was identified as 20-year-old Makaylee Opperman, they say she told them she didn't take the child to the hospital because she was worried the child would be taken away.

While one child died as a result of the incident, police said two other children that were involved were also treated with Narcan. The child who died was later identified as 3-year-old Kamari Opperman, but the coroner says her autopsy results are pending.

EPD says that when detectives cleared Makaylee's home, where she lives with two other women, they found narcotics and scales in plain view.

When detectives interviewed the women who lived with Makaylee, who were identified as 22-year-old Allison Smithler and 23-year-old Jazmynn Brown, they say they admitted to sometimes selling pills. 

Investigators say that Jazmynn told them her boyfriend, 33-year-old Arcinial Watt, supplied the fentanyl pills that the child got into.

Makaylee, and Amber were arrested on charges of Neglect of a Dependent Causing Death, with Makaylee also facing dealing charges. Police say 39-year-old Brandon Opperman, who is Amber's husband and the child's grandfather, was also arrested for neglect due to his involvement in the situation.

L to R: Brandon Opperman, Makaylee Opperman, Amber Opperman - (Vanderburgh Jail)

Smithler and Brown were arrested on dealing and neglect charges, with Watt arrested on dealing charges.

L to R: Allison Smithler, Jazmynn Brown, and Arcinial Watt - (Vanderburgh Jail)

As a result of this investigation, police say they seized over 5,000 suspected fentanyl pills, thousands of dollars of cash, guns, ammunition, and more.

All six individuals remain in the Vanderburgh County Jail.

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