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Mason Lee Was 'Cold And Stiff' When Found

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Queensland toddler Mason Jet Lee was found "cold and stiff" in his stepfather's home after the former labourer admitted rubbing the boy's face in his own vomit, a court has heard.

The 22-month-old died on June 10 but was not found until a day later when a visitor to the house rang triple zero.

William Andrew O'Sullivan, 36, is accused of inflicting a fatal blow to the boy's abdomen that ruptured his small intestine and left him to die in agony over several days.

The tiny boy was found cold and stiff at the Caboolture home, north of Brisbane, together with nappies full of blood, prosecutors say.

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Photo: Mason Lee

There is allegedly evidence that several people saw Mason looking ill in the days before he died and told O'Sullivan to get him to a hospital.

He replied that Mason had been sick all over him and that he had "rubbed his f***ing face in the vomit, he will learn", the Brisbane Supreme Court heard on Tuesday.

Mason had suffered from a number of injuries including the ruptured bowel, which became inflamed and ultimately caused his death.

It is believed he suffered the blow to his stomach between two and four days before he died.

He had allegedly been under his stepfather's care for at least three days to give his mother a break.

O'Sullivan is charged with manslaughter and was denied bail by Justice Peter Flanagan on Tuesday.

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Photo: William Andrew O'Sullivan

Mason's mother, Ann Maree Lee, and O'Sullivan's housemate Ryan Hodson also face the charge on the basis that they failed to get Mason lifesaving medical treatment.

"On the crown's case it would have been obvious to any caregiver that the deceased would have been in need of medical treatment soon after the injury," Justice Flanagan said.

"The injury was survivable with suitable medical treatment."

Justice Flanagan said there was a strong case against O'Sullivan and he posed a potential risk to witnesses in the case.

Police allegedly found texts on his phone threatening to shoot people with a shotgun.

O'Sullivan, who has a history of offending and drug abuse, was arrested on July 29 and has been in custody since then.

His trial is not expected to take place until 2018.

AAP

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