Pot-Smoking Teen Mom Drives Away With 5-Week-Old Son on the Roof of the Car: Accident or Crime?

Living 2012/06/04 19:00:00
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A pot-smoking teen mom accidentally drives off with her 5-month-old son strapped in his car seat on the roof of the vehicle. Even worse: The baby falls off the car in the middle of an intersection (he was still strapped in and unharmed). Nevertheless, sounds like a controversy to us!

Catalina Clouser, 19, was arrested on Saturday and booked into jail on child abuse and aggravated assault charges, Phoenix police spokesman James Holmes told Reuters. The infant is currently in the custody of state Child Protective Services, Reuters reports.

So what went wrong? "It appears the suspect put the baby on the roof of the car and drove off, forgetting he was still on the roof," Holmes said in a written statement.

And how could a new mom possibly leave her baby on the roof of a moving car? Police said Clouser and her boyfriend had been smoking marijuana in a park and left with the baby to buy beer late on Friday night. Officers stopped the car and the boyfriend was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, Reuters reports.

But here's where it gets really bad. Clouser was so upset about the arrest that she drove to a friend's home and "admittedly smoked one or two additional bowls of marijuana," Holmes said. She left at about midnight with the infant asleep in his car seat, placing the child on top of the car, he said, and didn't realize that the baby was missing until she got home.

What do you think? Did Clouser make a mistake? Or should smoking pot when you're on mommy duty (and forgetting your baby on top of a moving car) be considered child abuse or even assault?
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  • Ryan Clarke 2012/06/04 20:09:38
    Ryan Clarke
    LOWLIFE!!! She could have killed her baby because she was stoned on pot. I have no problem with people smoking pot. I think people should be allowed to do it in the privacy of their homes. But when you have a baby in your custody and possession, YOU DON'T DO DRUGS AND ENDANGER YOUR CHILD!!!

    Anyone who voted accident needs to have their head examined.

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  • Noobcake 2012/07/31 12:45:52
    As it wasn't INTENTIONAL it was, of course, an accident. But manslaughter is often accidental too. This WOULD have been manslaughter had the baby been killed on the road - as it so easily could have.

    Her behaviour is indicative of negligence which IS a crime as it is a form of child abuse.
  • LunarRain 2012/06/30 09:11:28
    You can forget your drink or maybe your purse on top of your car but the baby shouldn't have even been on the top of the car in the first place she should have given that baby away.
  • patti.cronk 2012/06/16 00:55:01
    Has she lost her ever-loving mind, oh yeah that's right she doesn't have one! Her judgment is too impaired to care anymore than that for a five-week old child she doesn't need that child. Give it to someone that can take care of it and wants the baby in the first place. In the State of Texas that is a crime known as Child Endangerment and she would more than likely have the child taken away from her and she would wind up in jail, that is exactly what she needs. How old is this teen? She still has no business with an infant in my opinion. Thanks for letting me blow off the steam!!!!! At the age of 19 she should have had a few more brain cells than she did in order to go off and leave that baby on the roof of the car. Why not tie her to the roof of the car and take her for a ride, ooppss, in her stoned frame of mind she would probably enjoy that!
  • Frenchi Le~ann 2012/06/15 15:40:10
    Frenchi Le~ann
    I really do not feel this is a crime. And she shouldnt be charged with aggervated assault, if anything they should be trying to pin her on drug charges (the crime) and child neglect. People forget their kids in stores and their laptops on top of cars, she was high and clearly paying no attention. She also shouldnt have her child because she is very very irresponsible but I dont think that this was anything more than a drug induced accident by an idiot who needs to get herself together and act like an adult.
  • BoJay 2012/06/14 04:07:38
  • teigan 2012/06/14 03:09:41
    This mother was under the influance, she entended to get in the car with her baby while under the influence and drive. That is illegal and child endangerment. Previous to that crime she put her baby in a car that was being driven by her boyfriend who was under the influence. She is careless and has no regard for her child's safety as she proved twice in one night. If the baby had been killed she would have been charges with manslaughter. She should not be allowed to be alone with this baby until she completes treatment for her drug problem. And should also be required to take parenting classes, after the child is returned there should be periodic visits by social service to make sure that he is being cared for properly.
  • Sully 2012/06/11 02:29:13
  • jackolantyrn356 2012/06/09 03:19:58
    Nuff said
  • animangaroo 2012/06/07 22:30:06
    there is no excuse for this that i can think of. if any one can think of a reason to leave your baby on the top of your car while smoking a fatty and driving, let me know okay? love you all!
  • james.g.mcdonald.5 2012/06/07 21:45:32
    If you are going to get high, get a baby sitter. Irresponsible.
  • RevBH 2012/06/07 05:54:04
    She accidently smoked pot?
  • James Mugabo 2012/06/06 19:30:18
    James Mugabo
    It's so shameful of her!!!
  • BPF53 2012/06/06 18:19:57
    And they say let's legalize pot it's bad enough we have drunken fools behind the wheel now we'll going to and buzzed out dope heads...
  • art1ej 2012/06/06 11:43:19
    Its a crime..regardless of smoking pot she could have killed her baby....
  • ocean tamer 2012/06/06 07:23:55
    ocean tamer
    I'm sorry but that is just sickening, the five week old should really be adopted because the mother doesn't look fit to look after it. That is the only time I (hope) will judge a person on SodaHead.
  • KoAm 2012/06/06 06:54:59
    ... and yet, if you believe what the potheads tell you, marijuana never hurts anyone. Marijuana is totally safe and has never hurt anyone anywhere.

    Liars. Flat-out, brain-dead liars.
  • faye 2012/06/06 04:46:32
    its the life and the safeness of the baby, as mother she should know that!!!
  • Relay 2012/06/06 03:30:40
    that's disgusting.. some people just arent meant to be parents..
  • NoHandlebarsAttached 2012/06/06 02:16:38
    "I accidentally left my baby on top of my car!"
    Um... How? I'm sure she's mentally retarded.
  • PsychoxAngel 2012/06/06 01:43:27
    2) how do you forget your bady?
  • Hamilton 2012/06/06 01:31:32
    Yet another solid example why pot shouldn't be legal. This lady needs to have a felony count nailed to her record.
  • Katelin Rose Harris 2012/06/06 00:38:54
    Katelin Rose Harris
    1. you can't properly raise a child being a pothead!
    2. the baby could have died!
    not acceptable
  • Chelsea 2012/06/06 00:22:01
    Crime...when your high you still know whats going on...its not like being intoxicated!
  • rand 2012/06/05 22:58:50
    Hopefully one from which she learned a very important lesson.
  • animang... rand 2012/06/07 22:33:19
    did you mayhaps not read the entire article?
    not trying to be snotty here at all, but a possible outcome of this could have been that she killed her baby. and who knows, maybe he would have grown up to do very amazing things, like cure many diseases. but if he would have died, we never would have known. now lets just give him some time and let him tell us what impact he wants to make on the world.
  • rand animang... 2012/06/08 00:04:41
    Perhaps I misunderstood the article. Did she repeat her egregious act a second time? I understand that she might have killed the infant the first time, but is there evidence she didn't learn from her error?
  • Ian rand 2012/06/09 13:40:01
    Yes you do have a point, but she forgot her kid was on the roof.
    What happens if she does not learn from her error,what happens if she does it next time and the kid dies.
    I hope to god she has learned her lesson, for the KIDS sake!
    At the end of the day you have to ask, why was she smoking pot when she had a kid with her.
  • rand Ian 2012/06/09 15:25:04
    Obviously, she was too immature to be a safety conscious mother. I have a problem with diminishing her capacity to learn and be a better parent by levying a severe fine or incarcerating her, for that punishes her child as well, albeit indirectly. There are no easy solutions with trying to govern parenting.
  • Ian rand 2012/06/09 16:28:58
    Its not easy,its hard being a parent.
  • Ian Ian 2012/06/10 06:51:14
    Im now replying to me, i also think its hard being a kid in this day and age!
  • Ian rand 2012/06/10 06:48:43 (edited)
    I think what it comes down to, is what a friend of mine alway used to laugh about.
    I throw a banana skin on to a road, a woman slips and hurts her back, accident.
    He throws a banana on to a road, a woman slips stumbles into the front of a lorry which is transporting deadly chemicals, it crashes into a petrol tanker the tank ruptures, and a deadly gas spreads over South Wales and kills 100,000 people, just because Edwards threw a Banana skin onto a road.
    What we were saying was that, a accident can have unforeseeable events, ok not has bad has the deadly gas all over South Wales.
    What turns X into a accident, and what turns X into something more than a accident.If we all knew that, we would be all better of and better people.
  • weirdchickalert 2012/06/05 22:21:13
    Although that one mistake could be an accident its still technically a crime, because she smoke pot and thats illegal...(well its illegal here in N.Z)
  • Yoko 2012/06/05 21:05:24 (edited)
    Morons shouldn't be able to breed !!!
    (one more potential victim for the sterile bomb)

    Blessings to all and,
    May all be well with you ^_^
  • Super l... Yoko 2012/06/06 14:39:31
  • Yoko Super l... 2012/06/07 00:37:46
    People that don’t have their life together shouldn’t breed. Nuff said.
  • Super l... Yoko 2012/06/07 07:37:43 (edited)
  • Yoko Super l... 2012/06/07 21:05:18
    Humans are animals…your ignorant if you think otherwise…
  • animang... Yoko 2012/06/07 22:41:04
    yes humans are animals, she does have a point, but because for many years we have distanced ourselves away from them as a higher species, we think ourselves not to be, thus making us ignorant. but once you have accepted the fact that you truly are an animal, then you have shedded away your ignorance. sorry to get involved, just dont want to see a fight...
  • Yoko animang... 2012/06/07 23:25:15
    Lol yeah, I don’t like fighting with people…that’s why I don’t normally use “fighting words” lol but some people are just…well you know… so don’t be sorry sweetie. ^_^
  • animang... Yoko 2012/06/07 22:38:34
    sterile bomb lolz! love it!
    i believe that some people should just not ever have children. in fact, in my perfect world, you would have to get a license of sorts to have child, and have a background check to make sure that you are well enough responsible to take care of another life. yeah you could stil have sex, make love, whatever you want to call it, but if you aren;t responsible enough for the child to be born, or don't have the tools to take care of a child after it is in the world, then you just shouldn't have one in the first place.
    please, dont anyone tel me any differently, because this is how i feel truly. it makes the most sense to me. it may seem like part of a dystopian society at first, but if you just trust and think about it for a while, it really isn't! not that i am trying to force my opinion on you, because that isn't what i want at all. i just everyone to understand how i feel and why i feel that way.
    if you have decided to read this, i thank thee!
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