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Evansville pair indicted after baby, toddler OD on fentanyl, toddler dies

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — A federal grand jury has indicted a man and a woman involved in a fentanyl trafficking ring for the death of a toddler and the nonfatal overdose of a baby, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a Friday news release.

Court papers say Arcinial Montreal Watt, 34, of Evansville, obtained large amounts of fentanyl-laced counterfeit pills from an unknown supply, and stored those pills inside a bedroom he shared with his girlfriend, Jazmynn Alaina Brown, 24, of Evansville, at her home. Court papers say Watt continued to supply fentanyl-laced counterfeit pills that Brown would sell to her own customers.

On Oct. 26, prosecutors say two children that were living at the home — a 3-year-old girl and a 1-year-old girl — found a quantity of the pills stored inside the bedroom. Both children suffered a fentanyl overdose. The 3-year-old was died the next morning while the 1-year-old was sent to a hospital and placed on Narcan drip.

During the investigation, investigators found over 5,000 fentanyl-laced counterfeit pills, over $30,000 in cash, and a firearm.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, as little as 2 milligrams of fentanyl can be fatal depending on a person’s body size, tolerance, and past usage. They say 1 kilogram of fentanyl could kill 500,000 people.

A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. guidelines and other statutory factors, the release says.

The Evansville Police Department and the DEA investigated the case.