SAN FRANCISCO (AP): A California fast-food restaurant cashier has now been charged with attempted murder after prosecutors say she gave birth at work and then tried to kill the baby by flushing him down the toilet.
The San Mateo County district attorney says 25-year-old Sarah Lockner has been charged after the newborn boy survived. The office reports Lockner went to work September 4th at a Redwood City McDonald’s complaining of stomach pains. She went to the restroom numerous times, raising the concern of co-workers.
A co-worker reports discovering a large amount of blood in the floor of the bathroom, and peered over the stall to check on Lockner. That co-worker told investigators she saw a baby face down in the toilet, and Lockner pushing on her back while flushing the toilet.
That co-worker called 911, and when paramedics and police arrived Lockner was holding the baby in her arms, but it was not breathing and didn’t have pulse. Lockner said she didn’t know she was pregnant. The baby is in stable condition, but it’s unknown if it has any brain damage.
Sarah Lockner remains in jail on $11 million bail.