California mother, Sarah Jane Lockner avoids jail time after allegedly trying to drown her newborn baby in a toilet at a McDonald’s venue where she worked. Repeat offense.
The plea deal follows Sarah Lockner being accused of trying to drown her newborn baby in a toilet at a McDonald’s venue where she worked.
Sarah Jane Lockner, 27, received four years of supervised probation along with being ordered to take parenting classes. SFGate reported Lockner agreeing to the plea deal in January. The mother was originally charged with attempted murder.
Lockner was in the middle of her evening shift at a McDonald’s in Redwood City in the Bay Area in September 2017 when she was complaining of stomach pains, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office. When her fellow employees noticed she was trailing blood, Lockner told them she had a ‘heavy period.’
A co-worker went to check on Lockner in the restroom and allegedly discovered Lockner with the newborn’s head face-down in a toilet bowl, according to prosecutors. Lockner reportedly told the co-worker not to call police, but the co-worker did anyway, the Mercury News reported.
Responding officers found the baby not breathing and without a pulse. The baby was rushed to a hospital and survived. The child is reportedly staying with the father’s aunt.
San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said ‘the hope is that the child will recover fully.’
But it gets grimmer.
It wasn’t the first time this had happened to Lockner, according to prosecutors. She had given birth to another child in a restroom at home three years prior to the McDonald’s birth, prosecutors said. Lockner said both times that she didn’t know she was pregnant. Do you suppose?
Wagstaffe said: ‘Most women aren’t delivering babies in toilets but she seems to have a penchant for it.’
Despite having been born under similar circumstances, Lockner’s other child is ‘normal and fine,’ according to Wagstaffe.