McDonald's Employee Gives Birth In Restaurant, Attempts To Flush Baby Down Toilet

Frederick Owens
September 14, 2017

A restaurant employee in California is facing attempted murder charges for allegedly trying to flush her newborn baby down a toilet after giving birth in a workplace restroom stall last week.

Lockner, 25, was working a night shift at a Redwood City, California McDonald's on Monday, September 4, when she started complaining of stomach pains. 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.

Lockner tried to dismiss the bloody mess and blamed it on a heavy period, prosecutors said.

During another visit to the bathroom, a second co-worker checking on Lockner looked over the stall and reportedly saw the sight of a newborn baby face-down in the toilet bowl, with Lockner seemingly pushing the baby in the back.

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.

The employee then heard the toilet flush, and was asked by Lockner to not call the police, prosecutors said.

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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.

Wagstaffe said Lockner told investigators that she didn't know she was pregnant. The baby was rushed to the hospital and placed in a medically induced coma.

The infant is alive and in stable condition, but the extent of the baby's brain injuries was not known, Wagstaffe said.

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

Lockner remains in jail on $11 million bail and will be appointed a public defender on September 18.

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