A California mom who is accused of trying to drown her baby in a McDonald’s bathroom just moments after giving birth won’t be serving any jail time, a judge decided.
Sarah Jane Lockner, 27, was working as a cashier at McDonald’s in September 2017 when she started to experience stomach pains during a shift, The Mercury News reports.
She repeatedly went to the bathroom, which was enough to alarm her coworkers. Lockner told one McDonald’s worker that she had a “heavy period” after they spotted blood on the floor.
However, she was actually experiencing labor and soon gave birth to a baby boy in the bathroom.
And when a concerned female worker went to check on her, she spotted the mother drowning the child in a toilet.
The coworker had peaked over the stall to make sure Lockner was okay and saw the mom had the child’s face in the toilet water with her hand on his back. She then heard the toilet flush.
According to SFGate, the coworker called the police who arrived to find the baby not breathing and without a pulse.
He was later placed in a medically induced coma and eventually recovered from the incident.
Lockner was charged with attempted murder but took a plea deal on January 14 that reduced her charge to felony child endangerment, according to prosecutors.
And on Friday, San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Garratt sentenced the mom to four years of supervised probation, The Mercury News reports.
She will also have to take parenting classes as part of her sentence. However, her son is currently in the custody of a family member.
Lockner also has an older child. She said that she was unaware she was pregnant for both births. It’s unclear who has custody of her eldest.
The baby boy she gave birth to at McDonald’s is in good health.