Sarah Lockner, 25, left her shift at the McDonald’s in Redwood, California early last week. She was complaining of stomach pain and had made several trips to the bathroom. Her manager told her to go home but after Lockner clocked out, she again retreated to the restaurant’s restroom.
Shortly after a co-worker went to check on her and found her locked in a stall with blood everywhere. She says that Lockner tried to explain the mess away as a heavy menstrual flow. Still concerned, another woman was sent in to check and when she peeked over the door she was shocked to find Lockner holding a “newborn baby face down in the toilet bowl.”
The stunned woman turned to go get help and that is when she heard the toilet flush and Lockner asking her not to call the police. Unsurprisingly, that is exactly what the employee did. When they arrived, officers found the baby not breathing and with no pulse. San Mateo County Dist. Atty. Steve Wagstaffe told reporters that Lockner was holding the child when police entered the restroom.
The child was rushed to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital where doctors induced a coma. Initially, they did not expect the baby to survive but amazingly has been taken off life support and is now being given a chance. Unfortunately, doctors don’t know yet what the extent of the child’s brain damage might be.
Police report that Lockner told them she didn’t know she was pregnant and the birth was a surprise.
Lockner has been accused of attempted murder, causing great bodily injury, and assault on the child causing great bodily injury. She has been appointed a defense attorney but has not entered a plea yet. She is currently being held on an $11 million bail. She is scheduled to be back in court on September 18 where she is expected to announce her plea.