Pot-Smoking Driver Leaves Baby on Roof

By Valerie Tejeda 06/04/12

An act of supreme forgetfulness lands a young mom in trouble.

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Marijuana has long been associated with short-term memory loss, but this is ridiculous: a pot-smoking mother has been arrested for leaving her five-week-old baby on the roof of her car and driving away after smoking pot. As her journey continued, 19-year-old Catalina Clouser didn’t even notice when her baby—still in his car seat—fell off the top of her car and landed in the middle of an intersection. It was the Arizona teen's neighbors who noticed the car seat in the roadway and found the baby was inside, miraculously unharmed. "We were both rolling our eyes in astonishment that someone could forget their baby," says Leilani Gerlach, who lives across from the intersection. "The car seat was turned to the side so anyone passing by wouldn't be able to tell there was an actual baby inside. Thank God they stopped." According to officials, the woman had been smoking marijuana with her boyfriend and friends at a nearby park. After leaving the park around midnight, she forgot that she put her sleeping baby on the roof of her car. “[She] had gotten into her car, set the baby seat on top of the car and forgot that the child was up there. It does not appear that immediately she realized what happened," says Officer James Holmes with the Phoenix Police Department. "We believe that whatever she was under the influence of was the deciding factor in what did happen to this child and we're extremely happy that for the baby this turned out well and the baby is going to be OK." The child has been taken into protective custody, while Clouser is charged with a DUI and child abuse.

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