ot-Smoking Mom Who Left Baby on Car Roof & Drove Away Isn't Fit to Parent
What 19-year-old Arizona pot-smoking momnamed Catalina Clouser must be a thousand times worse than the usual weekend hangover. She was arrested yesterday after leaving her 5-week-old -- who was strapped safely in a car seat -- on the roof of her car and driving away. It wasn't until she returned home that she realized her baby was missing.
When Clouser had driven away with the car seat on the roof, the baby fell off the car in the middle of an intersection. Insane! Thank goodness, the little onewas found unharmed and strapped into the seat, said Phoenix police spokesman James Holmes.
Although it sort of boggles the mind how, apparently the baby really was "perfectly OK" when the Phoenix Fire Department officials found him. He was taken to a local hospital and is now in the custody of Arizona Child Protective Services.
Sounds like a series of events completely reflecting Clouser's complete lack of good parental judgment, immaturity, and selfishness lead up to this point. She had apparently been smoking marijuana late Friday night at a nearby park with her boyfriend. At about 11 p.m., they left the park to buy beer, and the boyfriend was arrested on aggravated DUI charges while on the way, authorities said. Then Clouser, who was shaken up by the arrest, went to a friend's house, where she "admittedly smoked one or two additional bowls of marijuana." And yeah ... the baby was along for what turned into an incredibly scary ride. There's just no real way to excuse this terrible turn of events. It's downright disgraceful and heart-wrenching.
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At the very least, Clouser will surely be paying for her actions for a long time -- both emotionally and by facing charges of child abuse and DUI. Yet all of this could have been avoided, if only she would have put her child first over the course of that evening. Given how this nightmare played out, Clouser's actions prove she's not cut out to continue parenting.
Can you believe this?! What do you think -- should Clouser lose custody of her child?