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Dad who overdosed at McDonald's sentenced in Ohio

DAN SEWELLAssociated Press Published: April 14, 2014 2:56 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) -- A father has been sentenced to six months in jail for child endangering after police said he and his girlfriend overdosed on heroin in a McDonald's play area near Cincinnati.

Thirty-seven-year-old Robert Palmer was sentenced Monday by a Hamilton County municipal judge, who convicted him last month on two misdemeanor charges after a nonjury trial.

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 couple from Dillsboro, Ind., acknowledged using heroin while with two children, a 5-year-old girl and 8-year-old boy. Palmer is the girl's father; the boy's relationship with the couple wasn't made clear.

Attorney Michael J. Trapp says Palmer is very sorry.

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