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2 OD on heroin while kids play at McDonald’s

– An Indiana couple overdosed on heroin in a McDonald’s play area, Ohio police said, and now face child-endangering charges.

The fire department in Green Township, just west of Cincinnati, responded to a call Sunday about two unresponsive adults in the fast-food restaurant’s indoor play area. Authorities said one was unconscious and not breathing; the other was conscious but unresponsive. They recovered after emergency treatment for what police say were “life-threatening overdoses” of heroin.

Authorities said the couple from Dillsboro, Ind., acknowledged using the drugs while with a 5-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy.

Robert Paul Palmer, 37, was being held Thursday on $10,000 bond. Tamica Lynn Jeffers, 33, 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 services workers were called Sunday, a spokesman said. A public defender for Jeffers didn’t immediately return a telephone message.

The McDonald’s owner and operator praised employees and customers for getting help quickly and said the restaurant is cooperating with authorities.

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