- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

An Arizona mother will avoid jail time after she got high and drove nearly 12 miles with her 2-month-old baby on the roof of her car.

Maricopa County Superior Judge Cynthia Bailey sentenced 21-year-old Catalina Mariah Clouser on Wednesday to 16 years of supervised probation. She will have to serve 3 months in jail only if she violates the order, a local CBS affiliate reported.

Miss Clouser pleaded guilty in February to child abuse and driving under the influence of marijuana after her infant son was found miraculously unhurt in the middle of a Phoenix highway in June 2012, still strapped into his car seat, Reuters reported.

Miss Clouser, who was 19 at the time, had driven about 12 miles with the baby on the roof after reportedly smoking pot at a friend’s house. She was arrested after realizing the baby was missing and returning to the scene.

“I just want to say, I do know that what I did was horrible,” she said during the sentencing last week.