Pot-Smoking Mom Puts Baby on Car Roof, Drives Off

Catalina Clouser has been arrested for child abuse, DUI
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2012 8:11 AM CDT
Catalina Clouser left her baby in its car seat on the roof of her car as she drove off just after midnight yesterday. The baby is OK, but mom has been charged with child abuse and DUI.   (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – Apparently it is not enough to protect babies with a good car seat: Catalina Clouser had her 5-week-old baby strapped safely in a car seat when she drove home just after midnight yesterday. Unfortunately, the mom, who unsurprisingly admits she was smoking pot beforehand, left both babe and car seat on the roof of her car, reports the Arizona Republic. When Clouser got home, she realized her baby was missing and called friends to get them to look for the baby.

Luckily, Phoenix officials had already gotten a report about a baby in the road and taken him to a local hospital. The baby was "perfectly OK," according to a police spokesman, and the child is now in the custody of Arizona Child Protective Services. Clouser has been arrested for child abuse and DUI charges. (Read more Phoenix stories.)

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