A mother in Phoenix, Arizona was arrested after forgetting she left her 5-week-old baby in its carseat on the roof of her car before driving away.
The baby was found by passersby in its damaged carseat in the middle of the intersection of North 45th Avenue and West Cholla Street in northwest Phoenix at about 1am Saturday morning. The carseat had fallen off the roof of the car and into the road. The baby had no injuries, and was placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.
Earlier that evening, the baby’s mother, 19-year-old Catalina Clouser, was smoking marijuana in a park with her boyfriend. When they drove from the park to buy beer, her boyfriend was arrested for driving under influence. Clouser, upset about his arrest, went to the home of another friend and smoked more marijuana. She then took her baby and prepared to drive home, accidentally leaving him on the roof of the car. She did not realize the baby was missing until she got home, at which point she called her friends and had them retrace her route from their house to her home. Her friends came across the police at the scene, and when Clauser arrived soon after, she was arrested.
She is being charged with child abuse and aggravated DUI.
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