No jail time for Bay Area woman accused of trying to drown baby in McDonald’s toilet

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A Redwood City woman accused of trying to drown a baby she had given birth to in a McDonald’s restroom will not serve time in prison, court documents show.

On Friday, Sarah Jane Lockner, 27, was placed on four years supervised probation and one year in county jail with credit for time served. She was also ordered to complete parenting classes.

Lockner took a plea deal in January after prosecutors initially charged her with attempted murder. She instead pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment.

Lockner was employed as a cashier at a McDonald’s in Redwood City and working her shift when, on Sept. 4, 2017, she went to the bathroom multiple times and complained of stomach pains, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

When coworkers noticed Lockner trailing blood, she said it was because of a heavy period.

A coworker later went to check on Lockner in the bathroom and looked over the stall, where she allegedly saw a newborn baby facedown in the toilet bowl and Lockner’s hand on the child’s back, prosecutors said.

The coworker called police who arrived to find a baby boy that had no pulse and was not breathing, the county district attorney’s office said. The child survived and is currently living with his father’s aunt and has met his milestones, the Mercury News reported.

Prosecutors said Lockner gave birth to another child at home five years earlier. Lockner reportedly said she did not know she was pregnant before either of her two births.


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