Food worker charged with trying to kill baby in toilet

2017 by the San Mateo County Calif. Sheriff's Office is Sarah Lockner

2017 by the San Mateo County Calif. Sheriff's Office is Sarah Lockner

A McDonald's employee was arrested last week, after giving birth inside a bathroom and then trying to flush the newborn baby down the toilet. She stayed in the restroom even after finishing her shift. Another employee at the restaurant who went to inspect her peeked over the door of the stall to find her holding a new born baby over the toilet seat. According to the Mateo County district attorney's office, a co-worker was checking on Lockner when she discovered blood on the bathroom floor. Lockner had told the woman she was having a heavy menstrual cycle, Daily Post reported. However, the latter did not heed and stepped down to get help.

The co-worker told investigators she saw a baby face down in the toilet bowl and Lockner pushing on his back while flushing the toilet.

When police arrived the baby did not have a pulse and was not breathing.

The newborn was taken to the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and placed in a medical induced coma. Her boyfriend also said he did not know she was expecting. 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. It is not yet known if he has sustained any brain damage.

Lockner is being charged with attempted murder, causing great bodily injury and assault on the child causing great bodily injury.

Lockner allegedly told officers that she did not realise she was pregnant and was "surprised" when she gave birth.

Child Protective Services is determining if there are any family members who could take the baby after the child is released from the hospital.

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