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Mother Drives With 5-Week-Old on Top of Car

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A 19-year-old Arizona mother is charged with child abuse for driving with her 5-week-old baby on top of the car:

A Phoenix, Ariz., woman put her 5-week-old baby on top of her car in his car seat and drove away, apparently forgetting he was there, not even noticing when the seat fell off the car and landed in an intersection, police said.

Neighbors discovered the baby on the roadway, still strapped to his safety seat, which was lying on its side. Luckily, the baby was unhurt.

The baby's mother, 19-year-old Catalina Clouser, who allegedly had been smoking marijuana, was arrested and charged with aggravated driving under the influence and child abuse, police said.

"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," Officer James Holmes of the Phoenix Police Depart said.

Clauser, her boyfriend and their friends had been smoking marijuana earlier in the evening at a nearby park, but the boyfriend was arrested on suspicion of aggravated DUI when they went to a store - with the baby in the car - to get beer, according to police.

Upset that her boyfriend was arrested, police said, Clauser went to a friend's home and smoked more marijuana.

Clauser left around midnight and apparently put the sleeping baby on the roof of the car and drove off, forgetting he was there, and continued driving after the baby fell off the car, Holmes said.

Leilani Gerlach, a homeowner who lives across from the intersection, notified police after she and another neighbor saw the baby in the car seat on the street.

"We were both rolling our eyes in astonishment that someone could forget their baby," Gerlach said. "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."

After police arrived, two people walked up and told them the baby was Clausen's. As the officers talked to the two, who identified themselves as friends of Clausen and her boyfriend, the young mother drove up, police said.

"[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," Holmes said. "I think that perhaps she got where she was going and realized that she did not have the baby in the car."

"There was damage to the car seat, it was scraped but there was no damage to the child," Holmes said.

The baby is now in custody of Child Protective Services.

http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/mother-drives-5-week-old-top-car-164426051--abc-news-topstories.html

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what a freaking useless.

I feel so bad for that baby. Doesn't deserve parents like that.

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Saw this on the news today

:picard:

I hope the baby has someone who can properly look after him

Strong amount of hatred towards the mother right now poor innocent baby could have been run over.

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definitely deserves to have her baby taken away. No mother should have her 5 week old baby out past midnight while she is smoking pot, then the fact she felt the need to go smoke more pot after she was arrested and released. Not to mention at 5 weeks old she is also probably breast feeding her baby.

Kid doesn't have much of a chance with the parents he has.

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Im glad the baby is okay! The mothers an idiot. No child deserves a mother like that. I hope the mother is in jail for 20+ years or maybe even her whole life!

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I didn't see the gender mentioned but she probably wanted her own son-roof

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I didn't see the gender mentioned but she probably wanted her own son-roof

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Okay, call me a stick in the mud or whatever you want but - THIS is your immediate response? You do know that this isn't a joke, right? It happened in real life. The lack of sympathy and character in our society astounds me. Grow up, please.

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^^ bb musta changed her name...

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Okay, call me a stick in the mud or whatever you want but - THIS is your immediate response? You do know that this isn't a joke, right? It happened in real life. The lack of sympathy and character in our society astounds me. Grow up, please.

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^^ bb musta changed her name...

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I am shocked. Totally shocked and appaled, that someone would be tactless on the internet.

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???????? You obviously have me mistaken for someone else. I find nothing even remotely amusing about what happened with this child and his mother. And comparing it to some stupid staged incident from some blatantly stupid movie is immaturity in full swing.

Posting such crap reveals much about the person who finds it humorous and posts it....... and about those who also see nothing wrong with it and find it funny. Perhaps one day when you're an adult with some maturity attached to your character, or are a parent, you'll finally 'get it'.

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

this made me laugh sooooooooo much!!!! God damn!

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So what you're saying is I should be as "perfect" as you and shouldn't be allowed to say what I want?

This is what's wrong with our society, people only want them to do what they think is right, no one can express themselves freely anymore, again its a joke, its not like I'm saying "thank god the baby got hurt and thankfully the mom is a great mom and does that to her kids". I wouldn't do that I know what's right and wrong and to be so sensitive over this situation is sad.

Like I said loosen up, it's a harmless joke.

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