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McDonald's OD: Parents snort, overdose on heroin in play yard while kids watch

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The McDonald’s OD incident of parents snorting and overdosing on heroin at a McDonald’s indoor play yard on Sunday around 2 p.m. while their five-year-old girl and eight-year-old boy were playing ended with the parents being arrested on child endangerment charges, reported on March 13, 2014.

According to court documents, the five-year-old girl is the daughter of 33-year-old Tamica Lynn Jeffers and 37-year-old Robert Paul Palmer. The eight-year-old boy is Palmer’s son. Jeffers and Palmer were snorting heroin while watching the two children play at the indoor play yard. When both adults were discovered to have passed out, the restaurant’s manager called 911 and told dispatch that one of the parents didn’t have a pulse, was not breathing, and was turning blue, reported WLWT.

By the time police and fire crews arrived at the Green Township McDonald's west of Cincinnati in Ohio, the children’s mom was unconscious and not breathing. Their dad was conscious but unresponsive. Both parents were taken to hospitals due to the life-threatening heroin overdoses. Both admitted to police later on that they were snorting the heroin while they were watching the kids play at the indoor McDonald’s play yard.

The McDonald’s OD case is scheduled to go to a grand jury for possible indictment on March 24. In the meantime, the children’s mother is being held on $6,000 bond and the father is being held on $10,000 bond. The children have been placed with their grandfather. During Thursday’s court appearance, the father pleaded not guilty -- but the judge told him “to stay away from the children if he is released.”