Mom faces trial in McDonald’s play area overdose


CINCINNATI (AP) — A woman police say overdosed on heroin with her boyfriend at a McDonald’s play area near Cincinnati is facing trial.

Thirty-three-year-old Tamica Jeffers was scheduled Monday for a nonjury trial in Hamilton County. She is charged with two misdemeanor counts of child endangering.

Emergency crews responded to a March 9 call about two unresponsive adults in the fast-food restaurant’s indoor play area. They needed emergency treatment to recover from what police called “life-threatening overdoses.” Authorities said the Dillsboro, Ind., couple acknowledged using heroin while with two children, a 5-year-old girl and 8-year-old boy.

Jeffers’ attorney didn’t respond immediately to a message for comment.

Last week, a judge sentenced 37-year-old Robert Palmer to six months in jail in the case, after his conviction on two misdemeanor counts after a nonjury trial. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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