Catalina Clouser, the Phoenix, Arizona mom who smoked weed and left her baby on the roof of her car while she drove off from a friend’s house, pleaded guilty to charges of child abuse and DUI earlier this year. Now, the 21-year-old has been sentenced, but she won’t be serving any jail time.
Clouser was sentenced on Wednesday to 16 years of supervised probation following the 2012 incident. According to reports, Clouser, then 19 years old, was at a friend’s house smoking marijuana and when she went to leave, she placed her then 2-month-old baby on the roof of her car.
Clouser drove 12 miles home before realizing that her baby wasn’t in the car, but by that point, it was too late. A passerby discovered the baby, still strapped in a car seat, in the middle of a highway, miraculously unharmed.
"I just want to say, I do know that what I did was horrible," said Clouser to Maricopa County Superior Judge Cynthia Bailey prior to sentencing.
The baby was placed in state custody following the incident. It is not clear if Clouser has regained custody of the child.