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.
and unfortunately with the way the laws are changing with a woman’s right to choose, we will probably see more of these headlines in the future...super sad— Amanda Ramsey (@ap_ramsey) May 10, 2019
We have people going to prison for low level drug crimes yet this woman tried to drown her baby and gets time served. Also, this is what we will see more of with these abortion bans. https://t.co/TJevFxxECR— Jess Byrdie (@ByrdieJess) May 9, 2019
If you want to get away with something, be a white lady.— Dan Rogers (@dantrez) May 8, 2019
It’s is very unsettling that she is ordered to take parenting classes in anticipation she will bare children again in the future..... I hope that was a typo for sexual contraception education classes.— Lexi S (@alexis1043) May 10, 2019
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?
Yeah, parenting classes, that aughta help ???? https://t.co/aNonkCxLbD— READ REO (@READREO) May 9, 2019
Are you fucking kidding me https://t.co/p2mdoOlgMS— Miss Mehta (@mehtatheory) May 7, 2019
has to take parenting classes instead??? for which child? they plan on giving back the baby once she ticks their boxes???— Marina Nelson (@itypeandtalk) May 9, 2019
WOW what a world we live in. the poor child has no chance. pic.twitter.com/EMm7xixgIb
She may be just a smidge past needing parenting classes.— Shona Mikula (@shonamikula71) May 9, 2019
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.