Court Docket: April 14, 2014

Man convicted after heroin overdose at McDonald's play area to be sentenced

Robert Palmer

CINCINNATI – A man convicted on two counts of child endangerment after he overdosed on heroin while caring for two children at McDonald’s is scheduled to appear in a Hamilton County courtroom Monday for sentencing.

Tamica Jeffers, 33, and Robert Palmer, 37, both of Dillsboro, Ind., were found in the play area of the McDonald's at 5425 N. Bend Road on Sunday, March 9, according to the affidavit from the Hamilton County Municipal Court. Jeffers was conscious, but unresponsive. Palmer was unconscious and not breathing.

They collapsed in front of their two children, according to Green Twp. police.

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 6-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.

"It's an unusual set of circumstances," Chief Bart West said. "I've never heard of a case where we had kids in a restaurant like this where someone overdosed on heroin."

Restaurant employees and customers used a defibrillator on the man for eight minutes until paramedics arrived.

First responders thought Palmer had suffered a heart attack and died, but the Mack Life Squad was able to revive him. Until Jeffers was interviewed at the hospital, those at the McDonald's who saw her assumed she'd had a seizure.

Court records show both pleaded not guilty.

"Their obligation is to take care of the kids and make sure they're safe, and in this case they were using heroin and the children could have been ... anything could have happened to them," West said.

Jeffers is expected to continue her trial on April 21.

Palmer is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Woman charged in 2012 homicide, court appearance continued

Alisha Turner

CINCINNATI - A woman charged with murder in connection to a 2012 homicide was expected to appear in a Hamilton County courtroom Monday to enter a plea but her court date was continued.

The Cincinnati Police Homicide Unit arrested and charged Alisha Turner, 24, with multiple counts of aggravated murder and robbery after the death of 30-year-old Aaron Roseberry.

Roseberry was shot and killed during a home invasion in South Fairmount on Nov. 9, 2012.

Investigators said Turner and another suspect were wearing ski masks when they entered a home in the 2200 block of Schoedinger Avenue.

The suspects shot a dog inside the residence and ordered two of the three people inside the home to get down on the ground before shooting and killing Roseberry, according to police.

Officers said Roseberry was dead when they arrived at the scene. He was shot once in the abdomen area. Witnesses told police they heard one shot fired.

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