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Millersburg man used children to drive drunk, police say

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State police have charged a Millersburg man with endangering the welfare of his children.

Police said 40-year-old Robert Kitchen Jr. had his 15-year-old daughter blow into the ignition interlock system in his car when he was drunk so it would start. According to charging papers, it happened more than a dozen times between June and October.

Kitchen waived his preliminary hearing on Tuesday. His daughter Mikayla spoke with abc27 News.

"I am kind of used to this stuff because my dad's not really the best dad in the world," Mikayla Kitchen said. "He would just lie to me. He told me it was just set really low and mouthwash can set it off, and he would say I am not drunk I just had mouthwash."

Mikayla said she went to her mother after her father drove drunk with her in the car.

"I thought we were going to crash, we were going to die. I was freaking out the whole time," she said. "When I got home and I was like, I am not doing this anymore."

"It sickens me completely," said Nikki Stoneroad, Mikayla's mother. "I reported it and I actually had to file for emergency custody and get my kids out of his house."

A check of court records shows Robert Kitchen has several charges dating back to 2004, including DUI, simple assault, marijuana and driving with a suspended license.

"A lot of times I have told people about stuff he does and nobody ever did anything, so I just figured why does it even matter?" Mikayla Kitchen said.

Kitchen was charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors and tampering with an ignition interlock system. He has posted $15,000 bail.

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