A McDonald’s cashier is accused of giving birth to a baby boy while at work and attempting to drown the newborn in a toilet.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Sarah Lockner, 25, was working the night shift on September 4 when she complained of stomach pain and repeatedly used the restroom. According to the Mateo County district attorney’s office, a co-worker was checking on Lockner when she discovered blood on the bathroom floor.
Prosecutors said that Lockner originally told the co-worker that she was dealing with a heavy period. However, a second employee who looked over her stall “saw a newborn baby face down in [a] toilet bowl,” they alleged.
As the second employee stepped down, she reportedly heard Lockner flush the toilet and ask her not to call the police.
But the Palo Alto Daily Post reports that the employee told her boss who did call the police, and officers arrived to find the baby boy without a pulse and not breathing. The newborn was transported to a hospital and placed in a medically-induced coma.
Though doctors gave the baby a grim prognosis, he stayed alive after being taken off life support and is expected to survive, according to The Daily Journal.
However, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told the Los Angeles Times that the extent of the infant’s brain injuries is unknown at this time.
Prosecutors also said that the baby’s mother claimed that she didn’t know she was pregnant.
Lockner was charged with attempted murder causing great bodily injury and child abuse resulting in great bodily injury. She faces life in prison if convicted, The Daily Post noted.
The Redwood City woman is currently jailed on $11 million bail. Her next court appearance is scheduled for September 18.
[Featured Image: Redwood City Police Department]