An Arizona woman who left her 2-month-old child on top of her car and drove off was sentenced to 16 years of supervised probation Wednesday.
Catalina Clouser, 21, pleaded guilty in February to child abuse and misdemeanor DUI.
Maricopa County Superior Judge Cynthia Bailey also sentenced Clouser to three months of deferred jail time, but she won’t have to serve that time if she successfully completes her probation.
Witnesses contacted police on June 2, 2012, after finding an infant strapped in a child safety seat in the middle of a road, according to a probable cause statement.
Clouser, then 19, admitted to police that she was under the influence of marijuana when she placed the child in the car seat on the roof of her car and drove off, police said.
The child was examined at a local hospital and released without injuries.
“I just want to say, I do know that what I did was horrible,” Clouser told Judge Bailey before her sentence was ready, AZCentral.com reported.