Catalina Clouser, 19, was arrested in Phoenix, AZ on Saturday after she drove away with her five-week-old son, still in his safety seat, on the roof of her vehicle.
The baby was found unharmed after he fell off of the roof in the middle of an intersection.
Phoenix police spokesman James Holmes released a written statement, “It appears the suspect put the baby on the roof of the car and drove off, forgetting he was still on the roof.”
According to police, on Friday evening, Clouser and her boyfriend had been smoking pot in a park and took the child with them to buy beer. During the trip police stopped the car and arrested the boyfriend for suspicion of driving under the influence.
Apparently Clouser was upset about the arrest and drove to a friends house where she admits to smoking one or tow bowls of marijuana. She left her friends house around midnight with the sleeping baby secure in his car seat. The seat was placed on the roof of the car and forgotten.
Clouser did not realize the child was missing until she arrived at home and immediately called her friend who started to track the path she had taken. Police had already arrived when the friend spotted the child and advised officers that the child was Clouser’s. The mother arrived shortly afterwards and admitted what had happened.
Catalina Clouser was booked on child abuse and aggravated assault charges. The infant was taken to a local hospital to be checked out and is currently in the custody of state Child Protective Services.
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