The mother of a boy who left in a red-hot car while supposedly playing bingo in the pub has been hiding out of concern for her safety.
Kaija Millar, 32, from Gladstone Park, has been accused of negligence in causing serious injury and ruthless behavior that jeopardizes Baby Easton's life.
The 14-month-old man is in critical but stable condition at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.
Steve Millar has announced that his son Easton has only a 50 percent chance of survival after allegedly being left in the car in front of a pub in Point Cook, Victoria
Kaija Millar, 32, (left) is accused of leaving 14-month-old Easton (right) in her car and leaving him while playing bingo
Millar will appear at Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Thursday to charge that she left her baby in a hot vehicle
Easton's father Steve Millar broke his silence last weekend, revealing that he had cut himself off from the child's mother as she prepared to go to court over the shocking allegations.
The young mother was forced to move away from social media in the midst of a tidal wave of domestic and international abuse.
Millar's face went viral when it came out as Easton's mother on Friday, and has been shared around the world.
Sources have said that Daily Mail Australia security personnel at Melbourne Magistrates' Court will be on the lookout for trouble when Millar is at the front on Thursday.
The Victoria police could also provide the court with additional resources if the prosecutor expresses certain concerns.
Daily Mail Australia can also show that Millar was already having trouble with the law when she allegedly left her baby at a Point Cook Pokie venue last week.
Millar will file several charges before the Kyneton Magistrates’s Court next month, including obtaining property through deception and dealing with crime proceeds.
The revelations follow claims that Millar had struggled with a gambling addiction that she had kept secret from those closest to her, including the child's father.
Mr. Millar said his son had only a 50 percent chance of survival.
Speaking to Herald Sun newspaper, Mr. Millar said he was "broken and devastated".
"It's still touch and go at the moment – it's 50-50 if he gets through," he said.
"He showed me a few signs, when I speak to him you can see his mouth trying to move."
He said his parents and two brothers accompanied him to the hospital every day when he was doing a night watch for the boy.
Victoria police say Easton got hot in his mother's Holden Barina when the outside temperature reached 33 ° C.
He was found unresponsive in the locked car parked outside the Brook Hotel in Point Cook, west of Melbourne, around 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
A shocked family friend told the Sunday Herald Sun that Millar often visited the bar to play bingo.
A family neighbor said they had spoken to Mr. Millar and that he was "a man's shell".
"I just can't understand it. It's like a bolt out of the blue – it's really a shock for everyone, ”he told The Advertiser.
"It's a real shame because it's just an ordinary trade that just does its job."
Experts said that the temperature in a car in a day at 29 ° C or hotter can reach 44 ° C in just 10 minutes, with the child likely to suffer heat stroke.
Baby Easton (pictured left) was found to be unresponsive and in critical condition. Police say his mother Kaija Millar (right) left him in the car
Kaija Millar (picture) was charged. Her baby Easton is fighting for his life in the hospital
What happens to children in hot cars?
Children's bodies warm up three to five times faster than adults
The younger the child, the more vulnerable they are
On a day at 29 ° C, temperatures in the car can reach 44 ° C in just ten minutes
This can lead to serious injuries and brain damage
After 20 minutes, the temperature will reach a lethal 60.2 ° C, which could be fatal
If you fold down the windows or park in the shade, this has little effect on the core temperature of the vehicle
It is believed that a spectator performed CPR on the child until paramedics arrived.
Witnesses said the mother was heartbroken when efforts were made to save her son.
The incident happened less than a month after the state government launched its Never Leave Kids in Cars campaign.
Last month, medics announced that they had been called eight times to children locked in hot cars all over Victoria when the temperature rose to a scorching 40 ° C.
At the start of the campaign, Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said that more than 30 Victorians a week – mostly babies and toddlers – need to be rescued from vehicles.
On Thursday, Ms. Mikakos said that nearly 1,500 children were left in vehicles in Victoria in the first eleven months of last year.
Kaija Millar (pictured) is scheduled to appear in court on January 23. According to sources, Easton is looked after by his father
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia in November, Dr. Dilip Dhupelia, president of the Australian Medical Association's Queensland branch, sent a dramatic warning to parents: "It's never okay to leave a child in the car."
"Some people have this false sense of protection -" It's only 10 minutes, I leave the window four or five centimeters open, "said Dr. Dhupelia.
"It doesn't stop the temperature rise."
The doctor said that in just 10 minutes, the mercury in the car can rise so quickly that heat stroke and seizures can occur.
With a heat stroke, children's bodies do not properly regulate their temperature and can occur quickly after their body temperature has exceeded 40 degrees.
"A child can get dizzy, it can get confused, it can get very excited," said Dr. Dhupelia.
Your organs will then start to close.
Then they have seizures, and the seizures can lead to loss of consciousness and death.
Study: An Ambulance Victoria experiment from 2008 found that temperatures in a car doubled from 20 ° C to 44 ° C in ten minutes on a 29-degree day – which can lead to “serious injuries”.
The 14-month-old fought for his life after being found unconscious in a car parked in front of a pub (picture)
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