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Qld toddler's mum to fight charge

AAP logoAAP 15/08/2016 By Melissa Grant

On the day Queensland toddler Mason Lee would have been celebrating his second birthday, his mother's lawyer announced she would be fighting the manslaughter charge over his death.

Emotions ran high outside the Caboolture Magistrates Court on Tuesday as protesters called for action over Mason's death, while his mother Anne Maree Lee and stepfather William Andrew O'Sullivan had their manslaughter charges briefly mentioned.

The toddler's body was found with severe injuries at O'Sullivan's Caboolture house in the early hours of June 11.

Ryan Robert Barry Hodson, a 17-year-old who lived with O'Sullivan, has also been charged with his manslaughter.

Lee's lawyer, Brendan Ryan, said she was grieving the loss of her son and had been incorrectly charged.

"She will be fighting the charge of manslaughter," he said outside court.

"The charge of manslaughter is the incorrect charge."

Some women shouted at Mr Ryan as he tried to answer questions from reporters, demanding to know whether Lee was in protection in the jail system.

Others clashed over claims of profiteering from t-shirts worn by those who turned out to protest.

Many protesters chanted "accountability for Mason, we want justice".

"Poor Mason is flying above us, watching over us instead of here with us today celebrating his birthday," supporter Jennifer Hansell said.

"We are all concerned - it's not just Mason. This is all in consideration of every Australian baby out there ... we will fight to the end."

Of the three charged over Mason's death, O'Sullivan and Lee remain in custody, while Hodson was granted bail by the Supreme Court last week.

Police allege the trio failed to provide Mason with medical care before he died.

Court documents filed for Hodson's bail application allege the trio discussed the toddler's deteriorating health in text messages in the days prior to his death.

O'Sullivan had allegedly texted Lee a photo of Mason lying face down on a bed in vomit on the day before his body was found.

In the documents, it's alleged O'Sullivan rubbed the child's face in vomit as if he was a dog.

A statement from Hodson's girlfriend Sheila Low alleges child safety officers were at Lee's home three days before Mason's body was found at the nearby house where O'Sullivan and Hodson lived.

Mason's cause of death was reported to the coroner as faecal peritonitis resulting from a ruptured bowel.

Lee, O'Sullivan and Hodson will all have their cases next mentioned in the Caboolture Magistrates Court on September 28.

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