An incident involving a McDonald's OD has left some witnesses speechless because police say a couple almost died after they overdosed on heroin while their two young children were playing at the McDonald's play yard. As reported by USA Today on March 13, the McDonald's OD incident happened Sunday in Green Township, just west of Cincinnati, Ohio.
The couple was identified as 37-year-old Robert Paul Palmer and his girlfriend Tamica Lynn Jeffers, 33. The couple was arrested after witnesses called police and they are now facing child endangerment charges.
According to the report, the fire department was dispatched to the McDonald's after receiving a report of two adults who appeared to be overdosing on some sort of drug. When emergency medical crews arrived on the scene, one was unconscious and not breathing; the other was conscious but unresponsive, The Washington Post reports.
Luckily for the couple, medical crews arrived just in time and the two regained consciousness and recovered after emergency treatment. Police are describing the incident as a “life-threatening overdose” of heroin.
The Indiana couple admitted to using heroin while two children, a 5-year-old girl and 8-year-old boy, were under their supervision.
Court records indicate that both pleaded not guilty to the charges. Palmer was being held Thursday on $10,000 bond and Jeffers was being held on $6,000 bond.
Palmer's next court date was scheduled for March 24. It's unclear if the two children involved are his biological kids because neither share his last name but the judge demanded that he refrain from contact with them.
The Washington Post speculates that the children are now in the custody of Indiana children’s service workers, but this has not been confirmed as of yet.
More details on the McDonald's OD incident are expected to be made available in the coming days so be sure to return to this column for updates.
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