A McDonald's employee in Redwood City, California allegedly tried to flush her newborn baby down a toilet after giving birth in the fast food restaurant’s bathrooms.
Sarah Lockner, 25, clocked out after working an evening shift before going to the bathroom, according to the Independent. Before using the restroom, she had complained of stomach cramps.
A co-worker discovered a large pool of blood in the bathroom. Another co-worker allegedly peered over the bathroom stall Lockner was in, to see Lockner holding a newborn baby. The employee ran for help, as she heard Lockner flush the toilet. Allegedly, Lockner yelled at her colleague, telling her not to call the police. Lockner reportedly claimed that she was just having a "heavy period."
Police arrived to find newborn without a pulse. The baby was not breathing, according to The Daily Journal. The infant was taken to a nearby hospital and was put into a medically induced coma. The newborn is expected to survive.
Lockner told police she didn’t know she was pregnant, San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office said.
“Her boyfriend said he did not know either, and none of her co-workers knew,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti told The Mercury News. “We can all agree the facts of this case are pretty shocking. An infant, a newborn, is incredibly vulnerable. It’s shocking to the community a person would behave this way with a helpless newborn.”
Mari Martinez, an employee of Lockner’s, told the Independent: "She was new here and nobody is really talking about it."
Lockner has been arrested on attempted murder and other charges, including inflicting great bodily harm to a child. She potentially faces life in prison.
[Photo: Redwood City Police Department]