McDonalds employee tries to flush newborn down restaurant toilet

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2017

A MCDONALD'S worker gave birth in the restaurant bathroom and tried to flush the baby down the toilet, police said. 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.

Prosecutors said that Lockner originally told the co-worker that she was dealing with a heavy period.

When the co-worker entered the bathroom to check on Lockner, prosecutors said, there was blood on the floor.

Just after the employee stepped down to get help, she heard the toilet flush and Lockner asking her not to call police.

A second McDonald's employee checked on Lockner shortly after and peeked over the stall to find Lockner holding a baby in the toilet.

The newborn was taken to a hospital, where she was placed in a medically induced coma, authorities said.

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. 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.

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. If convicted, she could face a life sentence.

Lockner has been jailed on $11 million bail and has also been charged with one account of assault on a child becoming paralyzed.

She had been allowed to clock off early from her evening shift at the fast food branch in Redwood City, California on 4 September.

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