Mason Lee: Trio remanded in custody over toddler's death

LATEST: Three people charged with manslaughter over the death of 21-month-old Mason Lee have been denied bail.

William O'Sullivan made no application for bail when he appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday.
He was remanded in custody to reappear in court on August 8.

A third person charged in relation to the toddler's death, Ryan Robert Barry Hodson, 17, appeared in the Caboolture Magistrates Court this morning.

The presiding magistrate in that case denied him bail and Hodson was remanded in custody to September 28.

11AM: A woman charged with manslaughter over the death of her son Mason Lee has been refused bail.

Anne Maree Lee, 27, has been remanded in custody after a brief appearance in Toowoomba Magistrates Court this morning.

Presiding Magistrate Graham Lee denied Lee bail after finding the Crown had a relatively strong risk, and said the defendant mother presented an unacceptable risk of failing to attend court.

Solicitor Brad Skuse, for Lee, applied for bail on his client behalf who has not been required to enter any plea to the charge.

Mr Skuse told the court his client had no criminal history and was entitled to bail because she was not in a show cause situation.

But he conceded this was a very serious case, the court heard.

Mr Skuse said Lee had given two interviews to police and had told officers she had been subjected to physical and mental abuse by co-accused and Mason's stepfather, William Andrew O'Sullivan, 35.

He said his client told police she had been in a relationship with O'Sullivan towards the end of 2015, but had felt controlled by him.

Mr Skuse said his client was "extremely scared" of O'Sullivan, had been preparing to leave him and Lee believed O'Sullivan had been aware of that.

Lee claimed that Mason had spent most of the time in O'Sullivan's room which had been confirmed by another co-accused, Ryan Robert Barry Hodgson, 17.

Mr Skuse said CCTV footage showed people coming and going from the residence.

Magistrate Lee said, reading from the written police objection, that another witness had told Lee to go to the police to which the defendant allegedly said: "I'm no dog."

Mr Lee noted the defendant had four other children which Mr Skuse said had been placed in temporary care with the Department of Child Safety.

Lee was denied bail and remanded to appear in the Caboolture Magistrates Court on August 16.

Lee was arrested in Toowoomba at the weekend after investigations into the death of her son, Mason Lee, by Caboolture police.

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