The five-week-old was found on a Phoenix street strapped into a damaged car seat. His mother had smoked pot all evening and put him on the roof of her car and then drove off. She did not realize he was missing until she got home.
Catalina Clauser, 19, was not having a good day. On Friday night, she and her boyfriend were in a Phoenix park smoking marijuana and Clauser's five-week-old son was with them.
After smoking the weed, the couple decided what they really needed was some beer. Officer James Holmes is quoted by My Fox Phoenix as saying what happened next. The suspect's boyfriend and the suspect, along with the baby, left to purchase beer around 11 p.m. The boyfriend was stopped by Phoenix officers and arrested for aggravated DUI after he was suspected of, and processed for being impaired while driving with the baby in the vehicle.
USA Today reports that Clauser, upset over what happened to her boyfriend, went to the home of a friend. While there, she smoked more marijuana. Around midnight, she decided to go home.
She left the friend's house with the baby asleep in his car seat. But after she arrived home she noticed her son was nowhere to be found.
Clauser then called her friends and asked them to retrace the trip that she took home. While doing that, the friends came upon police officers who were called after the baby was found in a Phoenix street by a couple passing by. The friends then called Clauser who came to the scene.
Clauser admitted she put the baby, strapped in his car seat, on the roof of her car and then began the trip home, forgetting he was there. The 19-year-old was then charged with child abuse. And just like her boyfriend, she was charged with aggravated DUI.
Holmes was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying, Of course initially we thought the baby had been tossed from a car or something, but it turns out that that's not the case.
Although the car seat was damaged from the fall from the roof, the baby was taken to a local hospital and found to be fine.
The child is now in the custody of Arizona Child Protective Services.