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.
On Monday, Sept. 4, Sarah Lockner, 25, was allegedly working an evening shift at the fast-food restaurant when she made repeated trips to the restroom, citing stomach pain. At around 10 p.m., her manager suggested she go home but, even after clocking out of her shift, Lockner allegedly stayed at the restaurant in the restroom, according to prosecutors.
One female employee went to check on her soon after and found her in a closed restroom stall with a large pool of blood surrounding it. Another female employee checked on her shortly after that, peeking over the closed door of the stall to find her holding a newborn baby to the toilet, according to prosecutors.
Just after the employee stepped down to get help, she heard the toilet flush and Lockner asking her not to call police. The police were called to the scene to find the baby without a pulse and not breathing. The child was immediately taken to the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and placed in a medical induced coma. Though medical professionals were initially concerned the child would not live, the baby has since then been taken off life support and is expected to survive while receiving care, according to prosecutors.
When police arrived on the scene, Lockner allegedly said she didn’t know she was pregnant and was surprised the baby was born, according to prosecutors.
Lockner is accused of attempted murder, causing great bodily injury and assault on the child causing great bodily injury. The county’s private defender program was appointed when she appeared in court Monday, and she did not enter a plea, according to prosecutors.
Her case was continued to Sept. 18 for appearance of a designated attorney and entry of plea. She remains in custody on $11 million bail, according to prosecutors.