Police: Ind. couple admits to heroin overdose at Ohio McDonald's

CINCINNATI - An Indiana couple admitted to taking heroin and overdosing outside a McDonald's restaurant in Cincinnati while their children played nearby.

Tamica Jeffers, 33, and Robert Palmer, 37, both of Dillsboro, Ind., were found conscious, but unresponsive in the play area of the McDonald's at 5425 N. Bend Road on March 9, according to the affidavit from the Hamilton County Municipal Court.

Jeffers and Palmer were taken to Mercy West Hospital, where they each told Cpl. T. Icenogle that they had used heroin.

The drug use resulted in a life-threatening overdose, the affidavit said.

Their children, a 5-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy, were in the couple's care at the time of the overdose. They were playing in the play area at the fast-food restaurant.

Palmer was being held Thursday on $10,000 bond. Jeffers was being held on $6,000 bond. Court records show both pleaded not guilty.

Palmer had a brief court appearance Thursday and had his next court date set for March 24. Municipal Court Judge Megan Shanahan ordered him to stay away from the two children. His relationship to them wasn't clear; neither shared his last name, according to court records.

Indiana children's service workers were called Sunday, according to a spokesman for Hamilton County Job and Family Services. A public defender for Jeffers didn't immediately return a telephone message.

Green Township Fire & EMS chief Doug Witsken said he couldn't release any details of Sunday's emergency run other than what was in public records.

The restaurant referred a call seeking details to McDonald's headquarters, which didn't respond immediately to a request for comment.

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