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Qld dad pleads guilty to death of toddler

AAP logoAAP 8/12/2016 Darren Cartwright

A Brisbane man who has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of his toddler daughter will dispute that he caused the injuries that killed her, his lawyer says.

Matthew Lee Williamson on Thursday pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of three-year-old Kyhesha-Lee Joughin in March 2013.

But lawyer Peter Shields says his client only concedes guilt on the basis he should have called for medical attention. He denies he caused the injuries.

"At this stage it's just a plea of guilty to the offence of manslaughter," Mr Shields told reporters outside Brisbane Supreme Court.

"It's a matter for her honour to consider at a contested sentence whether it's on the basis he failed to provide the necessaries of life in obtaining medical treatment or whether he caused the injuries."

Brisbane Magistrates court last year heard Kyhesha suffered deliberate and protracted physical and sexual assault in the week leading up to her death from an infected internal injury.

She suffered a stomach injury consistent with a blow from a fist or foot or an adult falling on her.

She also had bruising on her face, lacerations on her ear as if she had been pulled, an injury to her temple and cuts to her lip from possible blows.

Justice Roslyn Atkinson remanded Lee in custody for sentencing on February 23.

Mr Shields said it would be a contested sentence hearing which he expected to last about three days.

In March another man who lived at the house, Christopher Arthur Neville Kent, 47, was given a two-year suspended jail sentence after serving 19 months behind bars, having pleading guilty to Kyhesha's manslaughter.

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