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Melbourne mother Kaija Millar facing fraud charges after jailed for leaving baby in hot car

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Mother who left her baby in a VERY hot car to play pokies is facing more jail time after being accused of running an online scam

  • Kaija Millar was jailed for leaving her baby son in a hot car for five hours in 2020
  • Millar’s son Easton is now blind and suffers from severe cerebral palsy 
  • The mother allegedly stole more than $12,000 from four victims in online scam
  • Millar, 34, is facing a maximum 10-year sentence over fraud charges 

A Melbourne mother who was jailed for leaving her baby in a locked car on a scorching hot day is facing more time behind bars over a string of fraud charges.

Kaija Millar, 34, will have to spend at least 12 months behind bars after she was sentenced to three years jail for leaving her then 14-month-old baby Easton in her car for five hours while she played the pokies and bingo at a Point Cook pub in 2020.

The windows were rolled up, the air conditioning was off and temperatures outside reached a sweltering 37.5C.

Millar pleaded guilty to negligence causing serious injury to her son who is now blind and suffers from severe cerebral palsy.

Kaija Millar, 34, (pictured with son Easton) was jailed for leaving her baby in a hot car while she played the pokies for five hours. Millar is now facing more jail time over fraud charges

Kaija Millar, 34, (pictured with son Easton) was jailed for leaving her baby in a hot car while she played the pokies for five hours. Millar is now facing more jail time over fraud charges 

Millar, 34, will have to spend at least one year behind bars after given a three-year sentence for leaving her then 14-month-old baby Easton in her car for five hours while she played the pokies and bingo at a Point Cook pub in 2020

Millar, 34, will have to spend at least one year behind bars after given a three-year sentence for leaving her then 14-month-old baby Easton in her car for five hours while she played the pokies and bingo at a Point Cook pub in 2020

The mother was sentenced in February this year but is now facing more time behind bars, accused of allegedly swindling $12,475 in an online scam between August and September last year, 9 News reported.

Millar is alleged to have scammed four victims, while awaiting sentencing over the neglect of her child.

If convicted of the charges the 34-year-old could be facing a maximum of 10 years in jail.

Millar will appear in court over the new charges in May.

Kaija Millar, 32, (pictured, left) left 14-month-old Easton (right) in her car and abandoned him while she went to play bingo

Kaija Millar, 32, (pictured, left) left 14-month-old Easton (right) in her car and abandoned him while she went to play bingo

Following her sentencing for neglecting Easton, a judge accepted Millar was less intelligent than an ordinary person, which had impaired her judgment, but that she knew what she had done was wrong. 

The court heard Easton’s internal temperature had skyrocketed to 40C, causing his fragile body to go into renal failure, deranging his liver, sending him blind and severely damaging his brain.

Millar had told emergency service workers that the windows had been rolled down with the air-con on, and she had regularly checked on her baby, but none of this was true.

Easton is now being looked after by a family member and requires 24-hour care.

Millar allegedly swindled more than $12,000 from victims in an online scam last year

Millar allegedly swindled more than $12,000 from victims in an online scam last year

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