Sarah Lockner Pleads After Allegedly Trying to Flush Newborn Down Toilet
San Mateo County prosecutors say Lockner tried to drown her baby moments after giving birth in the bathroom of the McDonald’s where she worked as a cashier has pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment charges.
A premeditated attempted murder charge was dropped as part of the plea agreement.
A Redwood City McDonald’s employee was arrested last week after she gave birth inside of a bathroom stall and allegedly tried to flush the newborn down the toilet.
On Sept. 4, 25-year-old Sarah Lockner, of Redwood City, was working as a cashier at the McDonald’s located at 185 Chestnut Street when she started going to the bathroom multiple times with complaints of stomach pain.
A co-worker went into the bathroom to check on her and saw blood on the floor. Lockner told the co-worker that it was just a “heavy period.”
Another co-worker also went in to check on her. She told investigators she looked over the stall and saw a newborn baby face down in the toilet bowl with Lockner’s hand on the baby’s back.
The co-worker said she stepped down and heard the toilet flush.
Lockner allegedly told the witness not to call the police.
When police responded, the baby had no pulse and wasn’t breathing. They rushed the baby to the hospital and paramedics put him into a medically included coma.
Prosecutors say the baby will survive, but any brain damage is unknown at this time.
Lockner claims she did not know she was pregnant.
She is being held on an $11 million bail and was charged with attempted murder and inflicting great bodily harm to a child.
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