Cops: Man gave fatal drug dose to calm girl upset about beau

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Posted: Nov 13, 2015 3:36 PM
Cops: Man gave fatal drug dose to calm girl upset about beau

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A man gave a fatal dose of a powerful painkiller to his girlfriend's 17-year-old daughter because she was upset about not seeing her boyfriend, according to a police affidavit released Friday.

Evangelique "Eve" Tarmey, of Rochester, was found dead at a Rochester motel Oct. 17. Police say she died of acute fentanyl intoxication. Fentanyl is often mistaken for heroin and is far more potent.

In the affidavit, Eve's mother's boyfriend, Mark Ross, 41, told them he thought he was giving Eve heroin, not fentanyl, to "calm her down" after her boyfriend didn't show up for a date. He said he told Eve "to do what she normally does," and she crushed it up and snorted it with a straw.

Ross told police he went to sleep and later woke up to see Eve slumped over in bed. He said he disposed of needles and other paraphernalia after discovering she was dead and called 911 90 minutes later.

He's charged with giving Eve a drug that caused her death, as well as witness tampering, falsifying physical evidence and conspiracy to commit possession of a controlled drug. His case was referred to the public defender's office, and his bail was set at $50,000.

Eve's mother, Jazzmyn Rood, 41, faces a conspiracy charge, plus charges of endangering the welfare of a child and reckless conduct. Her bail was set at $10,000. She told police she, Ross and an acquaintance, Leslie Aberle, were injected with heroin, authorities said. Rood said she didn't see her daughter take heroin but suspected she was given some.

Aberle, 31, of Salisbury, Massachusetts, was arraigned Friday on a fugitive-from-justice charge and jailed. Warrants had been issued for her arrest in connection with giving Eve a drug that caused her death and other charges.

Rood's case was referred to the public defender's office. A clerk at a Massachusetts court said she didn't have information on whether Aberle had an attorney who could comment on the charges.