Protesters stand outside the Department of Child Services with signs calling for action after the death of toddler Mason Jet Lee.
Protesters stand outside the Department of Child Services with signs calling for action after the death of toddler Mason Jet Lee. Vicki Wood

Rally for deceased abuse victim toddler Mason Lee

FIFTY people rallied outside of Caboolture's Child Services offices this morning to protest the system that they believe failed 21-month-old Mason Lee.

Police said the toddler was covered in injuries "from head to toe" when he was found dead in his Deanne Court home on July 11.

Police are treating the child's death as suspicious.

Morayfield resident Anna Standcombe lead the peaceful protest, calling for government "accountability from top to bottom."

"The government needs to be held responsible for their inaction," she said.

"These cases keep happening, they do a review and say we failed here, we need to do better, and then it happens again.

"No one is accountable for not doing their job."

Protesters Cindy Gulish travelled from Chinchilla to attend the protest, telling the Caboolture News she was present at Mason's birth but had to walk away from the family after reports of abuse fell on deaf ears.

Cindy said she broke down when she heard the news of Mason's death.

"It was like I lost my own child," she said.

"He should have got help a long time ago."

Community welfare group Caboolture Community Action joined the protest prevent other children from slipping through the cracks.

CCA's Gail Wigg said Mason's situation is not unique.

Ms Wigg said she has personally tried to help other children, only to have her reports of abuse lead nowhere.

"(We tried to help) a little boy last year who slipped through the cracks - child safety, everything; we went through the lot," she said.

"I rang around everywhere. I spent weeks trying to protect this baby... someone has got to take notice.

"These people here aren't doing their jobs."

The government has ordered two investigations into Mason Lee's death.

Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman has called for an independent expert panel to examine the case and Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick has ordered a report into the actions of doctors who treated Mason.


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