A teenager charged in relation to the horrific death of Queensland toddler Mason Jet Lee has been released on conditional bail.
Ryan Robert Barry Hodson, 18, is facing a manslaughter charge over the 22-month-old’s death in Caboolture in June 2016.
The toddler died from severe injuries that were allegedly inflicted over a number of months while Hodson was living with Mason’s step-father, who is in custody charged with manslaughter and cruelty to children.
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The Brisbane Supreme Court today heard it is now alleged the 18-year-old, who has spent 95 days in custody, may have been there when a significant blow was dealt to Mason.
“The crown case now is not being put against Mr Hodson just on the basis of failing to provide care and the necessaries of life,” Justice Debra Mullins summarised during the hearing.
“It’s put (also) on the basis … that Mr Hodson may have been there when a blow was administered to the victim.”
During the three weeks leading up to Mason’s death, Hodson was living with the toddler’s step-father, William Andrew O’Sullivan.
Hodson denies Mason was ever put in his care, but there is CCTV footage from a shopping centre of him alone with the toddler.
Mason’s mother Anne Maree Lee is also charged with manslaughter and cruelty to children and remains in custody.
Hodson’s bail conditions include “random” visits by police.