A TODDLER has been disabled and blinded after his mother abandoned him in a hot car for five hours while she played slot machines.
Kaija Millar noticed her 14-month-old baby Easton was unresponsive and foaming at the mouth after leaving him locked in her car outside a gaming venue in Melbourne, Australia.
A court heard that the 34-year-old man drove to The Brook complex at around 9:50 a.m. in January 2020 and left Easton in the vehicle with the windows rolled up despite the 31st heat. poison.
The car was not air conditioned and she left him with just a bottle of water as she played slots and bingo in a slamming behavior that “terrified” the judge.
Despite the temperature skyrocketing to 37.5 degrees Celsius, Millar ended up only going outside to check on the youngster just before 3pm, reports news.com.au.
A first-time mother’s horror saw Easton convulsing and unresponsive – prompting her to run back to the site to call for help.
“He’s going to die, he’s going to die, don’t die bubbleba,” she said as she pleaded with witnesses not to tell her husband what happened.
But after emergency services arrived on the scene, Millar told police a series of lies as she tried to blame tot’s injuries on fire smoke in the area.
She has now been jailed for up to three years after pleading guilty to unintentionally causing serious injury to her son.
The injuries Easton suffered were life-changing and “catastrophic”, the judge said, as he was severely disabled, blind, speechless and suffering from cerebral palsy.
“You know what you did was wrong,” Judge Felicity Hampel said in sentencing in Victoria District Court on Thursday.
“This is not a tragic accident, something unforeseen, unforeseeable and inevitable.
“Your son suffered these injuries because you left him unattended and unattended in a hot, closed, locked car in an outdoor parking lot on a hot sunny day while you stay in the house for five hours.”
Judge Hample said Millar was a first-time mother who struggled with parenthood when she suffered from postpartum depression and had a lower-than-average IQ of 69-72.
Millar’s defense said she was overwhelmed by the demands of motherhood and felt unsupported by her husband.
But the judge told Millar she knew what she did was wrong.
“You are a young woman whose circumstances are to some extent pathetic,” Judge Hampel said.
Millar must serve a prison sentence of at least 12 months before being eligible for parole.
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