Mother arrested after her baby was found in the middle of the road... when she drove off with child on the ROOF of her car and didn't notice until she got home
Catalina Clouser, 19, is facing driving and child abuse charges
Drove all the way home without realising the baby was not in the back seat
Child was found in the middle of the road still in the car seat
A Phoenix woman has been arrested for child abuse after her one-month-old baby fell off the roof of her car after she drove away forgetting she had put the child there.
Only realising that her baby wasn't in or on the car when she returned home, 19-year-old Catalina Clouser drove back to 45th Avenue and Chollas and was greeted by police who had recovered her child.
Alerted to the near-tragedy after a passer-by found the baby on the road still strapped to its car-seat, police at the scene got Clouser to admit what she had done and was then arrested for driving while intoxicated and one count of child abuse.
Catalina Clauser, had only an hour earlier witnessed her boyfriend's arrest on DUI charges when she allegedly got high on marijuana and placed her baby on the roof of her Ford Focus.
Upset over her boyfriend's arrest, Phoenix police officer James Holmes said the mother drove to a friend's house with her baby where she smoked one or two bowls of marijuana.
According to her friends Clauser left around midnight, an hour later, with her baby asleep in his car seat.
Around 1am Saturday morning Phoenix police received calls of baby found lying in the middle of a road strapped in a car seat.
'The car seat was damaged. There were scrapes on the car seat, obviously from a fall,' Officer Holmes told KTVK.
'Of course initially we thought the baby had been tossed from a car or something,' Officer Holmes said, 'but it turns out that that's not the case.'
Officers with the Phoenix Fire Department rushed the baby to a local hospital where he was reported in 'perfectly OK' condition, according to Officer Holmes.
Police believe Clauser set the baby's seat on the roof of her car while getting in, but forgot to collect him before driving off.
'We are pretty sure she was impaired at this point,' Officer Holmes said.
Phoenix police say Clauser and her boyfriend were seen earlier that evening smoking marijuana in a park before leaving around 11pm with the baby to buy beer.
It was on that route their vehicle was flagged by a nearby police officer and Clauser's boyfriend was arrested for aggravated DUI with a baby in the vehicle.
Realizing her baby missing later that night, Clauser called her friends to help search her route from their house.
Two of Clauser's friends, along with her boyfriend according to police, spotted the officers at the scene and identified the baby as hers.
Clauser, who arrived later, was arrested on charges of aggravated DUI and child abuse.
Her baby is currently in care of Child Protective Services.
her twitter is private now but earlier it wasn't, she said something like police drove her car home and that was 'cool'