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"Distressed" Mother Of Mason Lee To Make Bail Application

The "distressed" mother of Caboolture toddler Mason Lee will make another bail application when she feels well enough, her lawyer says.

The case against three people charged over 21-month-old Mason's death, including his mother, Anne Maree Lee, was briefly mentioned in the Caboolture Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning.

Lee's lawyer Brendan Ryan indicated he had received a "substantial" brief of evidence from police only that morning on a hard drive and needed about two months to check the material.

The severely injured toddler's body was found at the home of his stepfather, William Andrew O'Sullivan, in Caboolture, north of Brisbane, in the early hours of June 11.

Teenager Ryan Robert Barry Hodson has also been charged over the death but was granted bail by the Supreme Court last month, while Lee and O'Sullivan remain in custody.

None of the three, who are accused of failing to provide medical care, appeared in court.

Outside court Mr Ryan said he would make a fresh bail application for Lee before the case was next mentioned on December 13.

"At the moment she's coming to terms with the loss of her child and as soon as she feels well enough I'll make that application," Mr Ryan said.

"She's very distressed because she's lost a child - any parent feels an absolute absence in their heart when they lose a child, for whatever reason, and Anne Maree is no different."

Asked whether Lee could have a fair trial given the high-profile case, he replied: "We can always get a fair trial in Australia, particularly in Queensland."

Several supporters of Mason attended the hearing, including mother of three Andrea Cleverly, who said she was keen to see justice served.

"He didn't deserve any of what happened to him," she said outside court.

"He had no voice, he couldn't speak out.

"It's time people stood up and spoke out for these kids that can't speak out."

Ongoing concern about shortcomings in the state's Department of Child Safety, fuelled by the cases of Mason and 12-year-old schoolgirl Tiahleigh Palmer, has prompted the government to order a major review by Family and Child Commissioner Cheryl Vardon.


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