Nov 19, 2015 5:36 PM
ROCHESTER - The mother of a 17-year-old girl who fatally overdosed inside a Rochester motel was back in court Thursday for a probable cause hearing.
As a detective recounted statements given by Rood and two other suspects about Tarmey's final moments, some family members became so upset one of them shouted out and had to leave the courtroom.
Rood is the mother of Eve Tarmey, a former Spaulding High School student who died of an accidental fentanyl overdose in mid-October.
At the time, Tarmey was staying inside the Riviera Motel on Gonic Road with Rood and Rood’s boyfriend, Mark Ross.
On the day Tarmey died, police said Ross had taken Tarmey to meet a date – while he and another woman, Leslie Aberle, picked up drugs.
But when the date didn't show, and after the trio had returned to the motel, Tarmey allegedly became upset and was offered drugs to calm down.
“When they got back to the hotel, did Mr. Ross indicate any observations that he had made about Eve at that point?” asked prosecutor Tim Sullivan.
“She was freaking out," responded Det. Christopher Mangum of the Rochester Police, who spoke to the court about the statements provided by Ross and Rood.
Rood has told police she knew her daughter Eve had been doing heroin for about 2 years prior to her death.
“Leslie basically told Mark Ross to 'give her this' to shut her up," Mangum said.
But according to court documents, Ross had asked Rood to leave the room while her daughter snorted the drugs.
“Rood went inside the bathroom to fix her hair and makeup - while he fixed Eve," Mangum said.
Rood’s defense attorney argued that some of her charges don't make sense.
"Leaving a room is not reckless behavior," the defense attorney said.
Sullivan responded and argued that all the charges were appropriate for what allegedly occurred before Tarmey's death.
Both attorneys cited prior cases, and the judge said she had to review all of it before making a ruling.
In addition to reckless conduct, Rood is also charged with endangering the welfare of a child and conspiracy to commit the crime of possessing a controlled drug.
An order in the case is expected over the next few days.
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