An Indiana man will be spending the next six months in jail for child endangerment after overdosing on heroin with his girlfriend at a McDonald’s play area near Cincinnati, all while several children were in close proximity.
After a nonjury trial last month, Hamilton County Municipal Judge Cheryl D. Grant, convicted 37-year-old Robert Palmer on two misdemeanor counts, and on Monday, she handed down the six month sentence.
The situation unfolded on March 9 when emergency crews responded to a call regarding two unresponsive adults in the fast-food restaurant’s kiddie play area located inside the establishment. The adults in question were in dire need of emergency medical attention to recover from what police described as “life-threatening overdoses.”
Authorities reported that the couple, both from Dillsboro, Indiana, admitted using heroine while in the presence of two children, a 5-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy. While Palmer appears to be the young girl’s father, the boy’s relationship with the couple was not made available.
Attorney Michael J. Trapp said his client is anxious to serve his time, after which he is looking forward to getting his life back in order.
“My client is very sorry that this happened,” Trapp said after the sentencing.
However, prosecutors aren’t buying it, saying Palmer showed little appreciation for the gravity of his actions. He has a little under five months left in jail, as Palmer will receive credit for the time already served since his arrest.
As far as his girlfriend, 33-year-old, Tamica Jeffers, is concerned, she is still awaiting a nonjury trial that is scheduled for April 21, and her case will be decided by a different judge.
Following the incident, the McDonald’s franchise owner and operator in suburban Green Township, proudly stated that he was very impressed with the smart thinking and quick actions of both the restaurant crew and customers who came to the aid of this couple.
Man who overdosed at McDonald’s Play Area Sentenced