Attorney-General Yvette D' Ath lodges appeal in the Mason Jet Lee's mother sentence

Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath will appeal the sentence handed down to Mason Jet Lee’s mother, Anne Maree Lee, for manslaughter and child cruelty.

Mrs D’Ath requested the appeal after receiving legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Lee received a head sentence of nine years, with parole eligibility after three years.

No further comments will be made as this matter is before the court.

The Attorney-General declined to comment on the case in detail, but her spokeswoman said the decision comes after her office sought expert legal advice.

"Ms D'Ath requested the appeal after receiving legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions," the spokeswoman said.

Last month, Lee was sentenced to a non-parole period of three years, but by that time had already served about two-and-a-half years behind bars.

She also admitted to cruelty charges for neglecting injuries to the 22-month-old's leg and anus in the months before his death.

The toddler — who was known to both Queensland Health and the Department of Child Safety — died in June 2016, days after being punched in the abdomen by his stepfather, William Andrew O'Sullivan.

The toddler suffered horrific injuries including bruising to his head, chest and abdomen as well as a broken tailbone and was left alone in a room at his Caboolture home, north of Brisbane, where he died.

Ms D'Ath lodged an appeal against O'Sullivan's sentence in September, after he was given a non-parole period of four years.

That appeal is still proceeding through the courts.

Mason's death sparked several government reviews, including the Queensland Family and Child Commission report, which criticised organisational culture within departments and recommended their systems be overhauled.

Earlier this month, the Coroners Court ordered a public inquest into the boy's death but is yet to set a date for the hearings.

 

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