Mother Who Left Her Child On Top Of Car And Drove Off Gets No Jail Time
It’s not uncommon for a person to strap an infant in a car seat and sit the seat on the hood of a car, on the trunk, or possibly even on top of the car. After all, strapping a baby in a car seat is a great way to ensure the child is not going to crawl away. What most people don’t do, however, is sit the car seat on the car and then drive off forgetting about the baby.
But if you ever come across a day and time in which this does happen to you, just dye your hair pink and tell the judge you were smoking pot. This is what Catalina Clouser told the judge after she “got high before driving off with her baby on the car roof.” And guess what? It worked. The judge gave her a sentence in which she wasn’t required to spend any time in jail.
Clouser did receive 16 years of supervised probation, which means she’s definitely going to have to give up smoking marijuana. Perhaps this will lead to her not forgetting about where her child is at. One of the most ironic parts of Clouser’s story is that she says she was only smoking pot that day because her boyfriend had been arrested earlier in the day for receiving a DUI while having the child in the car. The infant was only five weeks at the time of the incident. Hey, at least the child was in the car with him and not on the roof.
As Clouser drove off, the infant in the car seat fell off the car into the middle of the road. Thankfully, the child received no injuries. Social services stepped in and took custody of the child, but that didn’t last long because Clouser has already received custody back.
Now, it’s not wrong to assume that people can change their ways. Both second and third chances in life are something that should be valued. But does this woman really deserve a sentence that required no jail time? Even a week or two in jail seems reasonable.
The sentencing that she received simply implies that it’s OK to get high and forget about children, which is absolutely not OK.