Police: Mother forgets baby in car seat on vehicle’s roof

Phoenix police have arrested a woman who allegedly drove off after forgetting that her baby was in a car seat on the roof of her vehicle.

Officer James Holmes said officers were called out early Saturday after witnesses found a child in a safety seat in the middle of an intersection.

The 5-week-old boy wasn’t hurt. He is now in the custody of Arizona Child Protective Services.

Authorities said the child’s mother, 19-year-old Catalina Clouser, her boyfriend and their friends had been smoking marijuana earlier in the evening at a nearby park.

Upset that her boyfriend was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, police say Clouser smoked more marijuana at a friend’s home.

Clouser left around midnight. Police say she apparently put the sleeping baby on the roof and drove off, forgetting he was there.


Romney campaign: Obama’s leadership experience lacking

A weak labor market provided energy Sunday for criticism of President Obama, with the campaign of presumptive GOP challenger Mitt Romney contending that the president’s lack of executive leadership experience undermines his policies.

The unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent in May as the Labor Department reported just 69,000 new jobs, the fewest in nearly a year.

On Sunday’s news shows, Obama campaign officials cast the dismal gains in employment as evidence of growth in jobs for the 27th straight month while acknowledging that it was not at an acceptable pace.

The Obama campaign said Congress had not acted on initiatives that would lead to more hiring of teachers and construction workers. However, Romney campaign adviser Eric Fehrnstrom put the blame on Obama and touted Romney’s experience running the 2002 Winter Olympics and his tenure as Massachusetts governor. 

Zimbabwe officials allowed into U.S. despite sanctions

The Obama administration has granted visas to two senior officials from Zimbabwe to attend a meeting of an international body charged with monitoring and preventing the sale of blood diamonds, despite human rights concerns and financial sanctions against the pair.

The State Department said Sunday that Zimbabwe’s attorney general, Johannes Tomana, and Minister of Mines Obert Mpofu would be part of the country’s delegation to the U.S.-hosted meeting of the Kimberley Process, which begins today.

The department would not confirm that the two men had been given visas, citing privacy concerns. However, officials acknowledged that they would not be able to participate if they did not have proper travel documents.

— From news service reports