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Mom Who Tried To Flush Her Baby Down The Toilet Gets Probation And Parenting Classes—Avoids Jail Time

San Mateo County Sheriff

A woman who pleaded guilty to trying to drown her newborn baby will avoid jail time. 27-year-old Sarah Lockner was facing a possible attempted murder charge for her actions in 2017.

Lockner worked for McDonald’s.

During her shift, she complained of stomach pains and went to the restroom several times. A co-worker went to check on her and found a large amount of blood on the floor.

When a second co-worker looked in on the stall, they found Lockner holding a newborn baby’s head in the toiler water, pushing down while flushing.

Lockner tried to tell her co-worker to not call the police.

When police arrived on the scene, the child was not breathing. It was rushed to a hospital where doctors were able to save its life.

Lockner told authorities that she didn’t even know she was pregnant until she gave birth in the bathroom stall.

This isn’t the first time Sarah Lockner has claimed she didn’t know she was pregnant. Three years before this incident, she made the same claim when she had given birth at home in her bathroom.

While there was nothing criminal about this previous incident, prosecutors planned to use it in connection with Lockner knowing she was pregnant this time around.

She was charged with attempted murder, but the charge was dropped by prosecutors earlier this year when she entered a guilty plea to the lesser charge of child endangerment.

Her bail was set at $11 million, which kept her in jail for the previous year. This month, she received her sentencing.

Lockner was sentenced to a year in prison, with credit for time already served in jail, and four years’ probation. She must also attend court ordered parenting classes.

Who exactly are those going to help?

The child Lockner tried to drown survived and is currently being cared for by relatives of its father.

Giving birth when you weren’t aware you were pregnant happens more often than you might realize.

20-year-old couple Bryson and Grace Mawn had just finished dinner in Louisiana when Grace complained about stomach pains. They took her to the hospital thinking she had kidney stones, but instead gave birth to a baby girl.

Grace said she didn’t have cravings, didn’t have morning sickness, and still appeared to get her menstrual cycle.

The couple did not attempt to murder their newborn however. Apparently attempted homicide is not always a side effect of giving birth unexpectedly.

With or without parenting classes.


Written by Ben Acosta

Ben Acosta is an Arizona-based fiction author and freelance writer. In his free time, he critiques media and acts in local stage productions.