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Police: Parents overdosed on heroin at McDonald's

4:08 PM, Mar 13, 2014   |    comments
Robert Palmer appears in court Thursday morning.
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CINCINNATI - Police say two parents were found unresponsive from overdosing on heroin with their two young children at a McDonald's play yard.

Tamica Lynn Jeffers, 33, and Robert Paul Palmer, 37, of Dillsboro, Ind., are being held at the Hamilton County jail on child-endangering charges.

Jeffers is held on $6,000 bond.

Palmer's bond was set at $10,000 when he made a brief appearance Thursday in Hamilton County Municipal Court. He pleaded not guilty.

Judge Megan Shanahan ordered him to stay away from the children if he is released.

According to court records, Green Township police and fire crews found the couple Sunday at McDonald's in Green Township.

Jeffers was unconscious and not breathing. She was taken to Mercy West Hospital and treated.

Palmer was conscious but unresponsive.

Their two children, 8 and 5, were in their care.

Both admitted to authorities they had used heroin, which resulted in "life-threatening overdoses," police wrote in a sworn statement.

It was not immediately clear this morning who is caring for the couple's children.

The case goes to a grand jury for possible indictment March 24.

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