A MCDONALD'S worker gave birth in the restaurant bathroom and tried to flush the baby down the toilet, police said. She stayed in the restroom even after finishing her shift. Another female employee checked on her shortly after that, peeking over the closed door of the stall to find her holding a newborn baby to the toilet, according to prosecutors.
Two female employees went to check on Lockner and found her inside a stall, surrounded by a pool of blood. Lockner had told the woman she was having a heavy menstrual cycle, Daily Post reported.
The baby boy was held by Lockner face-down in the toilet and was pressed into the water in the pot, Wagstaffe said. Lockner allegedly asked witnesses not to call the police.
She then claims to have heard the toilet flush when she ran to get help.
Paramedics rushed to the scene, and though the baby was not breathing and didn't have a pulse, they were able to resuscitate him. Despite medical professionals' initial worry that the child would not live, the baby boy has since been taken off life support and is expected to survive under care, said prosecutors. The boy has since been taken out of a coma and is recovering, though it's unclear if he sustained brain damage.
Lockner is accused of attempted murder, causing great bodily injury and assault on the child causing great bodily injury.
Child Protective Services are now trying to determine if there's a family member to release the baby to once he is healthy enough.
Police arrested Lockner, who will be appointed a public defender on September 18.
She allegedly told police that she had no idea she was pregnant, and neither did her boyfriend. When the baby did not cry, she assumed it was a still-born and attempted to flush it. Hospital employees later found the baby in a pillowcase in the trash can.