Fast-food worker charged with try­ing to kill baby in toi­let

Manteca Bulletin - - Local / State -

RED­WOOD CITY (AP) — Cal­i­for­nia pros­e­cu­tors said Wed­nes­day that a fast­food restau­rant cashier gave birth to a baby girl while at work and then tried to kill her by flush­ing her down a toi­let.

The San Ma­teo County dis­trict at­tor­ney said Sarah Lock­ner, 25, has been charged with at­tempted mur­der af­ter the new­born sur­vived.

Pros­e­cu­tors say Lock­ner went to work the night of Sept. 4 at a Red­wood City Mc­Don­ald’s com­plain­ing of stom­ach pains and vis­ited the bath­room nu­mer­ous times, rais­ing con­cerns of co-work­ers.

A co-worker dis­cov­ered a large amount of blood on the bath­room floor and peered over the stall to check on Lock­ner.

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

The co-worker called 911 and when paramedics and po­lice ar­rived the baby was in Lock­ner’s arms, but the new­born wasn’t breathing and didn’t have a pulse.

Po­lice ar­rested Lock­ner and paramedics re­vived the baby, who dis­trict at­tor­ney Steve Wagstaffe said is in sta­ble con­di­tion, but it’s un­known whether the baby suf­fered brain dam­age.

Wagstaffe said Lock­ner told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that she didn’t know she was preg­nant.

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