Phoenix, AZ - Phoenix police arrested the mother of a 5-week-old baby who was found in a car seat in the middle of a city intersection. This after the mother reportedly forgot that she placed the infant on the roof of the car and drove off.
By all accounts, Catalina Clouser, 19, was already having a rough day. After reportedly smoking marijuana with her boyfriend and others at a city park, she and her boyfriend went on a 11PM beer run. They took her 5-week-old baby along for the ride. During that trip, Clouser’s boyfriend was pulled over and arrested for aggravated DUI.
Understandably distraught, our new mother Clouser drove her baby to her friend’s home to drown her sorrows in ‘one or two more bowls’ of marijuana. According to her friends, Clouser and her baby left around midnight. Police say that Clouser placed the baby’s car seat on the roof of her car and, forgetting about it, got in and drove off.
Despite having survived 5 full weeks with its mother already, the baby – surprisingly – did not manage to hold on through the turn at the corner of 45th Avenue and Cholla Street and ended up in the intersection. You’d think a baby would learn a thing or two during all of that time… Other motorists coming upon the baby called police.
Clouser, for her effort, realized upon reaching her home that her baby was not in the vehicle with her. She promptly called her friends to set them on the task of trying to find the baby by tracing her route. When her friends reached the intersection where the baby ended up, police were already there. To their credit, they reportedly very willingly told police who the baby belonged to.
The infant was taken to a local hospital and checked. According to police the baby is okay and is now in the care of Child Protective Services.
Clouser was arrested on charges of aggravated DUI and child abuse.
I can’t help but to wonder if this is all an over-reaction… Although I have never personally left a
cellphone baby on the top of a car, I have heard of people who have. In fact, it seems to me quite easy to leave a cellphone baby on a car. I mean… that late at night they are not usually ringing crying. You are buzzed, set it up there, forget about it, and BAM! …in the street. That’s why cellphones babies should always be in those rubberized protective sleeves like the Special Forces use. Problem solved!