Prosecutors: McDonald's employee gives birth and tries to flush newborn down toilet

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A McDonald's cashier is accused of giving birth to a baby boy while at work and attempting to drown the newborn in a toilet.

According to Redwood City police, 25-year-old Sarah Lockner, an employee at the McDonald's restaurant at 185 Chestnut Street in Redwood City, went to the bathroom multiple times while on her shift, complaining of stomach pain.

Sarah Jane Lockner, 25, of Redwood City, was arrested on September 4, 2017 after reportedly giving birth to a baby girl then trying to flush the newborn down a toilet at the McDonald's restaurant where she worked.

But Lockner's behavior had drawn the attention of a second co-worker, who also made a decision to check on her.

The woman allegedly told her co-worker that she was having a heavy menstrual cycle, the Daily Post reports.

Lockner had her hand on the baby's back, according to the district attorney's office.

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

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

It was rushed to Lucil Packard Children's Hospital and placed in an induced coma.

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.

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

Lockner was charged with attempted murder causing great bodily injury and child abuse resulting in great bodily injury. She remains in custody on $11 million bail, according to prosecutors.

Her case was continued to September 18 for appearance of a designated attorney and entry of plea.

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