Mason Lee died at his Caboolture home last June.
Mason Lee died at his Caboolture home last June.

Surgeon says Mason Lee's injuries 'obvious'

A PAEDIATRIC surgeon has told a committal hearing involving the death of toddler Mason Lee that it would have been obvious there was "something very wrong with this child".

Mason was just 21 months' old when he died at his Caboolture home last June after suffering multiple injuries including a ruptured intestine from a blow to the abdomen, which led to sepsis.

The child's mother Anne Maree Lee, stepfather William Andrew O'Sullivan and a teenager living at the home, Ryan Hodson, are facing a committal hearing in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on manslaughter charges.

Paediatric surgeon Professor Roy Kimble told the court he had seen pictures of Mason's body and it would have been obvious to anyone who saw the boy before his death that he was extremely ill.

"I think this child ... was also covered in bruising. This is not some injury in isolation," Prof Kimble said.

"This child has had significant trauma to a lot more places than the actual abdomen itself.

"You should know there was something very wrong with this child".

Mason's mother, Annemaree Lee, has sobbed throughout proceedings and whimpered loudly at one stage during Prof Kimble's evidence.

She has been sitting with her head in her hands in the dock.

Yesterday, she lunged towards her ex-partner and screamed "child killer".

The committal hearing is expected to finish this afternoon.



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