A McDonald’s employee in California is under arrest after giving birth in the restaurant’s bathroom and trying to flush her newborn down the toilet.
25-year-old Sarah Lockner claims she did not even know she was pregnant when she went into the restaurant’s bathroom with stomach pains. Co-workers checked on her, only to find blood all over the floor, coming from her stall. An employee who looked into the stall saw Lockner holding a newborn baby.
Officers who responded to the employees’ 911 calls found that Lockner had tried to flush the baby down the toilet. The baby was not breathing and had no pulse.
The employee ran for help and heard the sound of a toilet flushing. Lockner reportedly shouted at her not to call the police, reportedly saying she had a “heavy period”.
The infant was taken to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and placed in a medically induced coma. The baby has since been taken off life support and is expected to survive the tragedy.
Lockner told police who were called to the McDonald’s restaurant in Redwood City that she didn’t know she was pregnant and was surprised she gave birth, 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 said, according to The Mercury News.
“We can all agree the facts of this case are pretty shocking. An infant, a newborn, is incredibly vulnerable,” Ms Guidotti added. “It’s shocking to the community a person would behave this way with a helpless newborn.”
Lockner is now in jail and could face life in prison for trying to kill her baby.