'No direct evidence': Teen accused in Mason Lee case out on bail

Alexandra Patrikios

A teenager charged over the death of Queensland toddler Mason Jet Lee has been granted bail after a court heard allegations he may have been there when the child suffered a critical blow.

Ryan Robert Barry Hodson was charged in July last year with the manslaughter of 22-month-old Mason, who died from severe injuries in Caboolture on June 11, 2016.

A successful bail bid in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Monday heard it was now also alleged the 18-year-old may have been there when the boy suffered a significant blow.

But there was "no direct evidence" pointing to who was responsible for the critical blow to Mason's abdomen, or when the injury occurred, it was also heard.

Caboolture toddler Mason Jet Lee died from severe injuries last year. Source: Supplied

Nevertheless, Crown prosecutor Vicky Loury maintained there was a "compelling" case against Hodson, including CCTV footage demonstrating he was alone with Mason on the day he died.

Justice Debra Mullins noted Hodson had already spent 95 days in custody and granted him bail on conditions including random visits by police to ensure he was meeting a curfew.

Mason Jet Lee. Source: Supplied

Hodson denies Mason was ever put in his care during the three weeks before his death, during which time he lived with co-accused William Andrew O'Sullivan.

O'Sullivan and Mason's mother Anne Maree Lee remain in custody charged with manslaughter and cruelty to children.

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