PHOENIX -- A woman has been charged with aggravated DUI and child abuse after her 1-month-old baby was found abandoned in the street.
Police were called to the area of 45th Avenue and Cholla early Saturday morning after a child was found sitting in a car seat in the middle of the road.
While investigating the scene, two witnesses approached the officers and identified the mother as 19-year-old Catalina Clouser.
The witnesses said they had been smoking marijuana with Clouser and her boyfriend earlier in the evening at a nearby park.
Clouser and her boyfriend reportedly left the 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.
Upset over her boyfriend’s arrest, Clouser reportedly drove to the witnesses’ home and smoked more marijuana.
Clouser decided to leave the house around midnight with her baby asleep in a car seat. Before driving away, Clouser apparently forgot that she had left her child sitting on the roof of her car.
She realized her mistake as soon as she got home and called her friends to see if they could start looking for the child.
Clouser eventually returned to the scene as police were investigating and admitted to what had occurred. She was subsequently arrested and booked into jail.
The baby was not injured, and is in custody of Arizona Child Protective Services.