Phoenix police responded near the intersection of 45th Avenue and Cholla early Saturday morning, June 2, 2012, after a child was found sitting in a car seat in the middle of the road.
Witnesses reported the mother was Catalina Clouser. Allegedly, Clouser and her boyfriend left a park around 11 p.m. to go buy beer. The boyfriend was pulled over on the way to the store and arrested for aggravated DUI after police determined he was driving impaired with the baby in the vehicle.
Allegedly Clouser was upset over her boyfriend’s arrest, and drove to the witnesses’ home and smoked more marijuana.
Clouser left the house about midnight with her baby asleep in a car seat. Clouser placed her child — still sitting in the car seat — on the roof of her car. She apparently absent-mindedly left the car seat on the roof of her car while driving home. The car seat and baby slid off of the roof and landed in the street.
When she realized her mistake, she called her friends to see if they could help look for the child. When Clouser returned to the scene, police were already investigating the found car seat and baby. Catalina Clouser explained and admitted the series of events, and was arrested for aggravated DUI and child abuse. She was transported in custody to a Phoenix jail.
Another mom was involved in an absent-minded scare Thursday, May 31, 2012, when she was talking with a group of women on the sidewalk and failed to notice that her stroller with child inside began rolling downhill (Or she might have been too far from it to catch it). The baby boy was not injured after a man driving a garbage truck stopped his truck, and jumped out to help another woman stop the stroller. See CleanScapes garbage truck driver Jeff Blackburn explain the incident on ABC News.
On-board garbage truck camera captures runaway stroller with child, and rescue.