Teen knew Mason Lee vomited for five days before he died
A TEENAGER who lived in the same house as 21-month-old toddler Mason Lee was aware the child had been vomiting for five days straight before he died, a court has heard.
Seventeen-year-old Ryan Robert Barry Hodson, whom police allege had no compassion for the child, wept while the prosecutor listed the injuries Mason sustained in the final days of his life.
Mr Hodson fronted the Caboolture Magistrates Court yesterday, charged with manslaughter over the death of the Caboolture toddler.
Mason's mother Anne Maree Lee and William O'Sullivan are also facing manslaughter charges.
Yesterday a Toowoomba magistrate denied Ms Lee bail, saying she presented an unacceptable risk of failing to attend court.
Mr O'Sullivan made no application for bail when he appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Aaron Murray objected to Mr Hodson's bail application, stating the teenager would be a flight risk.
Sergeant Murray also said Mr Hodson should be remanded for his own protection due to the high level of media attention, protests, and the potential ire of the public.
Sergeant Murray alleged that police evidence included text communication between Mr Hodson, Ms Lee and Mr O'Sullivan for the week prior to Mason's death that indicated an awareness of the toddler's deteriorating health.
"Hodson was advised during the texts that he was to arrange for a doctor or hospital and he stated in the response to the the texts ... it was not his responsibility: the victim was not his child," Sergeant Murray said.
"Some may see Mr Hodson as a young individual, a 17-year-old residing in the house, not in a position of power ... and perhaps taken one of a passive bystander.
"My submission is that it would be impossible for any person living in that environment, regardless of their age, to be not to be cognisant as ... the existence of those injuries ... and the extent of those injuries.
"He showed no care or compassion towards the child."
The court also heard that Mr Hodson was allegedly captured on CCTV verbally abusing Mason three times before he died.
"You walk like a spastic. Hurry up and grab your f***ing bottle and shut up c*** or I'm going to hit you in the head," Sergeant Murray said, quoting the alleged footage.
Mr Hodson's barrister Scott Lynch argued that as his client was not the primary carer of Mason, he did not have a legal duty of care to the child.
"A person has to be in charge or have the care of the child," Mr Lynch said.
Mr Lynch urged the magistrate to consider Mr Hodson's age when considering his bail application.
"It is my submission that a court would be very weary to lock up a person who is 17 for their own protection," Mr Lynch said.
Mason's aunt Shentel Lee attended yesterday's hearing in memory of her deceased nephew.
"All I can imagine is Anne Marie and that sitting in (prison) and no one is there for Mason," Ms Lee said.
"Everyone is there for Ryan being accused and no one is there for Mason."
Mr Hodson's family cried in the public gallery when Magistrate Barry Barrett denied him bail, deeming the teen a flight risk.
"It's all a balance and at the end of the day, I've formed the opinion due to the nature and seriousness of this offence and the strength of the evidence I have heard, there is an unacceptable risk of flight if granted bail. You would fail to appear ... there's a risk that you should remain in custody for your own protection," Magistrate Barrett said.
Mr Hodson will appear in the Caboolture Magistrates Court again on September 28.