Mom Drives Away with 5-week-old Baby on Top of Car



The baby was discovered in the roadway, uninjured and still strapped in his car seat, by neighbors.

Have you ever placed your cup of coffee on top of your car, only to forget about it and drive away, your cup still steaming on top? Have you ever placed your baby’s car seat, with your baby strapped inside of it, on top of your car, only to forget that your little one is still up there – so you drive away?

19-year-old Catalina Clouser “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.”

The baby was discovered in the roadway, uninjured and still strapped in his car seat, by neighbors. The police believe that Clouser was under the influence of something, most likely marijuana, which impaired her judgment.

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The baby is now in the custody of Child Protective Services.


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Mom Drives Away with 5-week-old Baby on Top of Car

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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  1. Profile photo of spring spring says:

    btw my friend did not put her baby on top of her car

  2. Profile photo of Lauren Lauren says:

    My husband put 3 expensive glass containers full of organic fruit salad for a party on top of the car and drove away. They fell scattering glass and fruit all over our apartment complex. We were late for the party at his martial arts school so he wouldnt let me clean it up! The
    worst part was that people knew it was us and were very concerned for our safety, since we’re not the type of people to leave that kind of dangerous mess laying around! We would never, ever put a baby on top of a car!! It’s so dangerous, even if you take him down before driving!!! This is a messed up story and I hope the baby finds a good home.

  3. Profile photo of Melissa Melissa says:

    The baby in the pic is NOT properly strapped into his car seat, the straps are all wrong. and how and why is there even a comparison between a cup of coffee and a baby?? And the mother’s age has nothing to do with what happened, she was on Marijuana, and was upset because her boyfriend was put in jail earlier that day. Age, and maturity are 2 totally different things!

  4. Profile photo of KaraSmith KaraSmith says:

    Praise God that sweet baby was okay, I held my breath until I read he was okay. I’ve never placed a car seat on top of my car, but I have always driven a large SUV and I am short :). I just keep thanking God he is okay, this could of gone so wrong. Now my heart is in my throat… 🙁

  5. Profile photo of Dorothy Dorothy says:

    I have never put nothing on top of my car but when I got see my parents I am 36 now and even when I had my kids I still put them in the car first, my oldest (17) just had my first grandchild and she has never done anything this crazy. I guess it is all in how you are brought up. I always still check to see if there is anything on top of my car before I get in because my youngest (13) likes to put stuff on top. I am sure I would notice if anything was up there and if something anything let alone a child I
    would see it fall.I check my mirrors all the time and listen for anything, I feel this one should have charges and should not get the child back ever!!!!

  6. Profile photo of spring spring says:

    I had a friend that did some kinda like this once . she did not do any kinda of drugs or anything like that the cops came they were going to take her to jail one of the officers thought there was some wrong with her so they took her to the ER turned out she was Hypoglycemic and trying to be a vegetarian and did not know she was Hypoglycemic some times a change in diet can can make you look like your under the influence of something ! needless to say my friend changed her diet has her kids and is a amazing mom !

  7. Profile photo of marichinno marichinno says:

    I have left a cup of soda or water to the top of my car but I have never put a baby’s carseat on top of the car. I have always kept the car seat on the ground until I was able to open the door. I am glad that the baby is no longer in costody of his mother since his parents aren’t ready to be parents to the baby.

  8. Wow I am happy to hear that the baby was unijured, this at least is a good end to a horrible and unbelivable story. I agree, some people should not become mothers.

  9. Profile photo of Anna Jones Anna Jones says:

    Not only do I see the problem with her leaving her child on the top of the car but why would she be smoking pot with her child near, (according to another article I read). She let her intoxicated boyfriend drive them around earlier in the evening. Pure child endangerment. I hope that she can get her life straightened out for the child.

    As for the question posed, I once left my purse on the top of my car. I noticed once it fell off.

  10. Profile photo of Gilly1331 Gilly1331 says:

    Unreal…how can you forget about your newborn? Why on earth would you place the baby and carseat on top of the car and not inside the car? Babies having babies is one thing but babies having babies and are not responsible is another. Poor little child.

  11. Profile photo of Stephanie Stephanie says:

    I agree, to put a baby on top of a car and to drive away is not right. Most people put the baby in first thing.

  12. Profile photo of Reverie Reverie says:

    This is one of many reasons I did not go with the car seat that comes in and out of the car.

  13. Profile photo of Stephanie Stephanie says:

    I guess I just don’t understand why you would put your baby on top of the car in the first place. I have 2 kids and have never put them on top of the car, the seat is to heavy to have to reach that high.

  14. Profile photo of krystina krystina says:

    I’ve forgotten full cups on top of my car and a pair of shoes once, but I would never put a car seat with my baby in it on the roof. He’s the first thing I put in the car and the first thing I take out. I couldn’t imagine not noticing that he wasn’t in the back OR that he he FELL OFF!!!!!

  15. Profile photo of Brittany Brittany says:

    Are u kidding me a cup of coffee is def something to be careless about but a five week old baby is unacceptable!!! This woman … no kid should be charged with attempted man slaughter or something really that’s just crazy how do u even go to get into your car without noticing a big caraway ontop of the car yet alone do u look in the rear view mirror and notice ur baby’s not back there … and u wanna say its marijuana… no I don’t believe that for one second this mother I feel had different intenstions!!!

  16. Profile photo of Aurora Aurora says:

    Wow wow and wow my baby is one and I still look back to make sure he is strap down and safe before I drive off? I constantly check on him always have… Some people should not have the privilege to be parents..

  17. Profile photo of Sara Sara says:

    kelly, the comment from goldimom about babies having babies doesn’t exactly refer to the age alone. it’s also the immaturity of a person who would not only put a babyseat on top of a car (why not just stick the seat in right away?) but who would also go out driving with a 5 week old baby when possibly under the influence of marijuana.

    not every 19 year old is a baby, but some of them are.

  18. Profile photo of Christy Christy says:

    I have never ever put my child on top of my car beverages and my purse yes but never my child now that’s just plain stupid to put a child in a car seat on top of your car

  19. Profile photo of Rachel Rachel says:

    I don’t know that I’ve ever forgotten anything on top of my car. I sure wouldn’t have put my child and their car seat on top of my car.

  20. Profile photo of Kelly Kelly says:

    goldimom. I have taken great offense to what you said. I was 19 when my son was born. He is now 13 and he is just fine. I raised a wonderful young man, all by myself. Age has nothing to do with it. She is stupid because of drugs not because of age.

  21. Profile photo of SierraBrooks SierraBrooks says:

    If this baby is in the care of protective services,Ill take him at least he would not be forgotten and would be loved. I want a little boy and cant have one.

  22. Profile photo of goldiemom82 goldiemom82 says:

    That’s what happens when babies have babies.

  23. Profile photo of Merry Merry says:

    Unbelieveable! there is no way I would ever do that. Glad that the child was unharmed and is in another care now! No excuse whatsoever for this one!