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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  • teigan john doe 2012/06/14 23:30:50
    I believed drugs are a problem for her. She chose to get high and disregard the safety of her child. She needs to go through a treatment program along with parenting classes before her child is returned to her.
  • Maximus 2012/06/05 11:58:09
    Smoking pot wasn't an accident! She let the drug eat away her brains so she has to face the consequences. Take the baby away from her, it might happen again or worse!
  • hasher Maximus 2012/06/05 12:13:11
    pot does not" eat away" at your brains!!! it can affect your decision making just like beer or any other type of alcohol.
  • hasher hasher 2012/06/05 12:13:38
    temporarily too not permanent.
  • daddysb... hasher 2012/06/05 13:38:46
    marijuana causes permanent and/or long-standing damage to brain cells. Actual THC deposits wrap around your brain cells, and can induce psychosis. The real danger marijuana poses is the misconception most have of it.
  • Sam Adams daddysb... 2012/06/05 14:37:48
    Sam Adams
    Regular marijuana use has been shown to impair memory and cognitive function even when OFF the weed. Pot is NOT the much maligned harmless substance people make it out to be.
  • john doe Sam Adams 2012/06/05 18:15:27
    john doe
    People have been smoking it for thousands of years, seems harmless enough.
  • john doe daddysb... 2012/06/05 16:11:50
    john doe
    Ya...lol...the misconception that pot causes psychosis and causes permanent "damage" to the brain. There are studies that say otherwise. Thc does coat brain cells but goes away in a relatively short amount of time. Way too many psychotic pot smokers to count.
  • bettyboop daddysb... 2012/06/05 17:05:18
    really? you got true facts?
  • Maximus hasher 2012/06/05 21:45:38
    Okay it just makes the person dumb for a small amount of time.
  • 001 2012/06/05 11:55:57
    A really idiotic one though.
  • mmmholl... 001 2012/06/05 17:09:41
    If you are stoned, drunk or other wise under the influence that is called criminal negligence.
  • AngelEyes 2012/06/05 11:54:56
    It would be an accident if she had not been wasted, you do not do any kind of drugs while tending to your child. I sincerely hope that they get her some help, she needs to attend child caring classes, and drug rehab..
  • Upnarms AngelEyes 2014/07/08 20:02:48
    Hey DUMMY...watch the news and see how many NON-FRIGGIN smoking parents have FORGETTEN their kids INSIDE the damn car and they died!! Hey DUMMY...wake up. At least this child LIVED...Hey DUMMY get a friggin life!!
  • the fuze 2012/06/05 11:46:43
    the fuze
  • JesusFreak 2012/06/05 11:25:33
    I realize everyone forgets things on top of their car now and then but...yeah a baby is a little much to excuse. This is why people sholdn't drive when they have been taking drugs or drinking- these kinds of things happen.
  • Upnarms JesusFreak 2014/07/08 20:04:35
    Again.....look how many non-smoking pot parents kill their kids every day in hot cars cause they forget them inside. I hope Jesus forgives you. I know he has forgiven me!
  • Mark 2012/06/05 10:56:04
    If date rape whilst drunk is a crime (one of the earlier questions) then so is this.
    I think SH folks have established that acts committed whilst under the influence of drink or drungs should be treat as seriously as those committed whilst lucid.
  • john doe Mark 2012/06/05 16:15:51
    john doe
    Whilst......your an idiot
  • Terrie Handleit 2012/06/05 10:40:39
    Terrie Handleit
    Another silly pot head
  • KingEli 2012/06/05 10:34:28
    wtf her child should be taken away and so should her pot
  • MercuryZero 2012/06/05 10:02:31
    accident my ass.

  • Mrs Reckless 2012/06/05 09:49:40
    Mrs Reckless
    You don't get stoned when you have your kid. I read this and I was like WTF O.o
  • Of Thee I Sing... 2012/06/05 09:44:35
    Of Thee I Sing...
    One of numerous reasons why Pot should NOT be legal in this country!
  • john doe Of Thee... 2012/06/05 12:04:32
    john doe
    Don't blame irresponsibility on drugs, addiction is only a symptom of a greater problem.
  • Upnarms Of Thee... 2012/06/05 14:09:39
    At Obammy...seriously! ? Let's outlaw guns too in case some uses it to shoot someone else. The intelligence if this person is what should be outlawed! Peolpe do the most stupid things...and most are due to absolute stupidity. Btw...Obammy...our President smoked pot plenty and where's the outrage that he has spent more of our tax payer money than all presidents combined before. This stupid person is not responsible
  • Upnarms Of Thee... 2012/06/05 14:18:00
    At Obammy...seriously! ? Let's outlaw guns too in case some uses it to shoot someone else. The intelligence if this person is what should be outlawed! Peolpe do the most stupid things...and most are due to absolute stupidity. Btw...Obammy...our President smoked pot plenty and where's the outrage that he has spent more of our tax payer money than all presidents combined before. This stupid person is not responsible Prrson. Just look at her choice of hair color!!!! The problem
    Is kids having kids in the first place. We don't all know what her iq is as it is obviously is not up to par. Alcohol is 1000 x worse than smoking. She just looks like white trash!!!!
  • Of Thee... Upnarms 2012/06/05 15:51:27
    Of Thee I Sing...
    Our president sbould have never been
    elected...and pot is just as dangerous as alcohol,if not worse
  • Upnarms Of Thee... 2014/07/08 19:57:17
    Only agree with the presidential incompetency and probably impotency!!!

    But you are wrong as hell about Cannabis! You posted this with no factual basis on your statement. Get real!
  • Lady Gothika 2012/06/05 09:17:24
    Lady Gothika
    i think she should be more worried about her child then rather dying her hair pink...
  • 2585661 2012/06/05 09:11:34
    I did that to a pair of boots once......but a baby... yeah... stupid.
  • Annie lee 2012/06/05 08:55:10
    Annie lee
    she is a bad mother and should not have that child. She should have know that she had set her son on the roof. See this is why babies should not have babys
  • 2585661 Annie lee 2012/06/05 09:13:17
    yeah she should have had an abortion right?
  • Fenabarb 2012/06/05 08:48:05
    sure that's not Mitt Romney daughter
  • hasher Fenabarb 2012/06/05 12:15:09
    now why in the hell would you even bring mitt romney into this??? stupid!!!
  • teigan Fenabarb 2012/06/14 04:04:50
    Mitt doesn't have any daughters, many it's yours.
  • .: LiVi :. 2012/06/05 08:44:39
    .: LiVi :.
    Child abuse
  • bosshog 2012/06/05 08:42:13
    She should never get the child back, and she should get at least 2urs jail time with know bail and know get out free card
  • SicFux651 2012/06/05 08:41:36
    if the baby isnt hurt...accident weed makes you lose track of stuff
  • 2585661 SicFux651 2012/06/05 09:13:42
    lol what a stoner thing to say

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