Dead Qld toddler's injuries horrific: cops
A toddler found dead at a home north of Brisbane three weeks ago suffered horrific injuries from head to toe, detectives say.
The body of 21-month-old Mason Lee was found at a Caboolture house about 12.30am on June 11 and investigators believe he may have been dead for some hours before triple-zero calls were made.
"He suffered extensive injuries, they were horrific and they were visible from head to toe," Detective Acting Inspector Ben Fadian said on Monday, following the results of a post-mortem.
Police appealing for public assistance into suspicious death of a 21 month boy at home in Caboolture South in June https://t.co/WyOXF86eGn— QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) July 4, 2016
"While we are awaiting the pathology results, we can say Mason may have been sick or injured for up to a week before he died."
Act Insp Fadian said Mason's injuries were unlikely to be the result of an accident and appeared to have been inflicted over a sustained period of time.
He said the toddler would have experienced lethargy, vomiting and general unwellness prior to his death and urged anyone with information to come forward.
Det Act Insp Ben Fadian will soon speak on the suspicious death of 21 mth old boy at Caboolture last month. https://t.co/FoXd0SiUgK— QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) July 4, 2016
"We're trying piece together not only what happened on that night but also in the months leading up to Mason's death," he said.
"We need to know if he was harmed, sick or injured any time this year."
Act Insp Fadian said investigators had interviewed up to 40 witnesses as part of their homicide investigation but were keeping an open mind.
Police initially questioned the boy's 35-year-old stepfather but released him without charge.