How the system collapsed Mason Lee: Shocking new details about the slow and painful death of the toddler who was horribly abused by his mother's friend – and she let him die
- Child protection services lack of dealing with Mason Jet Lee, the court hears
- Toddler not taken away from his mother and her friend despite concern
- Anne Maree Lee and William Andrew O & # 39; Sullivan serve long prison sentences
Child protection was short of the way they dealt with a toddler from Queensland, neglected and beaten to death by his caregivers, a court has heard.
An investigation will focus on understanding & # 39; what was going on in the minds and hearts & # 39; of safety officers for children charged with protecting Mason Jet Lee.
Although Mason was known to the child safety department of the Queensland government, he was not taken away from his mother Anne Maree Lee and her friend William Andrew O & # 39; Sullivan.
Both serve long prison sentences after the long and painful death of 22 months in June 2016.
Mason (photo), who in his short life was exposed to neglect and mistreatment, spent his last hours with blue lips wrapped in a towel and grunting sounds
The actions of the authorities before the little boy died will be the subject of a coronary investigation in Brisbane in the coming months.
At a conference prior to Thursday's investigation, Brisbane Coroners Court learned that departmental officers had worked with Lee to meet her son's care needs, but their actions were inadequate.
& # 39; An ethical review of the actions and decisions of individual child safety officers after Mason's death was criticized by some of the officers involved & # 39 ;, said Megan Jarvis, coroner counsel.
& # 39; (She discovered) shortcomings in the way they investigate, assess and make decisions about the risk of damage to Mason and steps necessary to protect him from future damage. & # 39;
Lee (left) sobbed in court while she pleaded guilty of manslaughter and child abuse. The boy's stepfather William O & Sullivan (right) was imprisoned for nine years
She said the officers' investigation was the & # 39; incredibly challenging & # 39; investigate decision-making on the matter.
& # 39; Although it may be easy to point to non-compliance with policies and procedures, it is more difficult to stand behind those issues … to understand what is in the minds at the relevant moment and hearts of those people happened & # 39; Mrs. Jarvis said.
Lee and O & # 39; Sullivan pleaded guilty to Mason's manslaughter after O & # 39; Sullivan struck him fatally in the abdomen and both had not received medical treatment when he was painfully killed.
They were also convicted of child abuse after not seeking help for his leg and anus injuries five months before his death.
Both were sentenced to nine years' imprisonment, but the state government appealed to reduce their conditional release period.
Anne-Maree Lee (left) failed to care for her son Mason (right) after being found with extensive injuries at her friend's house in Caboolture, north of Brisbane, in June 2016
Shocking details about Mason & # 39; s & # 39; survivable & # 39; Injuries – inflicted by O & # 39; Sullivan about five days before his death – were heard on Thursday.
He would have been in pain, vomiting, dehydrated, feverish, listless, pale and with & # 39; reduced levels of consciousness (s) altered breathing patterns & # 39 ;, said Jarvis.
& # 39; It would have been clear to any normal person that he was very ill and in urgent need of medical help. & # 39;
By the time O & # 39; Sullivan called paramedics, Mason's body showed signs of rigor mortis.
The investigation is expected to take place in November and December.
MASON JET LEE & ENLARGED INJURIES AND DISEASES
Cellulite – probably caused by an insect bite that has become infected
Prolapsed anus – probably due to internal pressure of the abdominal passage or large, hard stools
Jacquet & # 39; s dermatitis – rare form of diaper rash
Broken leg – caused Mason to limp, probably caused by child's play
Perforated duodenum (part of the small intestine) – causes death after vomiting, abdominal pain, fever. People who saw him describe him as pale, do not look good and have dark eyes staring blankly
peritoneal infection – inflammation of the membrane along the abdominal wall
blood poisoning – allowed faecal substances to fatally infect his bloodstream
Broken coccyx – found at autopsy. Persecution speculated was caused by spades
bruises – caused by fingertips on the forehead, jaw, chest and abdomen
Source – AAP
Mason was beaten so badly that he sustained anal injuries, a broken leg, and a ruptured bowel, vomiting, fevering, and drying out the last days
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