A McDonald’s OD has resulted in the arrest of an Indiana couple who have been charged with child endangerment. The drugged up pair reportedly overdosed in front of children – their own – at a McDonald’s play area in Ohio.
The incident occurred Sunday at the McD’s at 5425 Northbend Road in Green Township, just west of Cincinnati. Robert Paul Palmer, 37, and Tamica Lynn Jeffers, 33, both of Dillsboro, Ind., admitted to using the drugs in front of their two children – a 5-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy.
When paramedics responded, they found the couple passed out and barely conscious in the indoor McDonald’s play area. Jeffers was unconscious and not breathing. She was taken to Mercy West Hospital where she was treated and released.
Both Jeffers and Palmer admitted to investigators they had used heroin at the McDonald’s while the kids played, which resulted in "life-threatening overdoses," police wrote in a sworn statement.
At a subsequent court hearing, Judge Megan Shanahan ordered Palmer, who is not the father, to stay away from the children if he is released, though the reason for her warning was not clear.
Court documents show each pleaded not guilty. Palmer was being held Thursday on $10,000 bond. Jeffers was also being held, on $6,000 bond.