Mason Jet Lee: Teen on toddler manslaughter charge bailed

A teenager charged with manslaughter over the death of toddler Mason Jet Lee at a home north of Brisbane has been released on bail.

Paramedics found the 21-month-old boy dead at the Caboolture home of his mother's partner, William Andrew O'Sullivan, in the early hours of June 11.

The boy's mother, Anne Maree Louise Lee, and O'Sullivan were charged with manslaughter, along with Ryan Robert Barry Hodson, 17, who also lived at the home where Mason died.

Mason died from peritonitis, brought on by a ruptured duodenum, which is the first part of the small intestine.

Peritonitis is usually the result of a fungal or bacterial infection caused by an abdominal injury or an underlying medical condition.

Police have alleged the three accused failed to provide Mason with medical treatment despite his obvious injuries, although it was not clear who inflicted the boy's injuries.

During a hearing in the Supreme Court, prosecutor Sam Bain argued there was a risk of Hodson reoffending and that he should remain in custody.

"It is a serious offence that he is facing," he said.

Hodson's defence barrister Scott Lynch told the court there was no allegation that Hodson had assaulted or caused harm to the child and there was no risk of him fleeing if he was bailed.

Mr Lynch said it would have been unlikely that someone of Hodson's age would be able to identify the injuries that Mason had suffered.

"Some of the injuries may well not have been apparent to him," he said.

Justice David Jackson said Hodson was unlikely to reoffend and he had employment prospects so it would not be ideal for him to remain behind bars.

"The evidence as to the applicant's involvement is relatively little," he said.

He granted Hodson bail on the condition he live with his parents, report to police three times a week, and not interfere with any witnesses - including his girlfriend.

Hodson's girlfriend and mother were among the supporters in court for the hearing.

He was previously denied bail at a hearing in the Caboolture Magistrates Court.

Both Lee and O'Sullivan were denied bail at previous hearings.

Source: ABC News

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