Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

California restaurant employee tried to flush newborn down toilet: prosecutors

California restaurant employee tried to flush newborn down toilet: prosecutors

A Redwood City woman is facing attempted murder charges after she allegedly gave birth to a child in the restroom of a Redwood City McDonald's restaurant and attempted to flush the child down a toilet last week, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.

Sarah Jane Lockner, 25, of Redwood City, was arrested on September 4, 2017 after reportedly giving birth to a baby girl then trying to flush the newborn down a toilet at the McDonald's restaurant where she worked.

According to Redwood City police, 25-year-old Sarah Lockner, an employee at the McDonald's restaurant at 185 Chestnut Street in Redwood City, went to the bathroom multiple times while on her shift, complaining of stomach pain. She went to the restroom numerous times, raising the concern of co-workers.

Lockner tried to dismiss the bloody mess and blamed it on a heavy period, prosecutors said.

A female employee looked over the cubicle and saw Lockner holding a newborn baby in the toilet, it reports.

A California mother was arrested for allegedly trying to flush her newborn child down the toilet inside a bathroom at the McDonald's where she worked.

That co-worker told investigators she saw a baby face down in the toilet, and Lockner pushing on her back while flushing the toilet. It wasn't breathing and didn't have a pulse, but is expected to survive.

Lockner allegedly told officers that she did not realise she was pregnant and was "surprised" when she gave birth. The child was taken to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and placed in a medically induced coma. The baby is in stable condition, but it's unknown if it has any brain damage.

She has been charged with felony child abuse and inflicting great bodily injury, along with the attempted murder charge, prosecutors said. Bail is set at $11 million, according to prosecutors.

Her case is scheduled to continue September 18.

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