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Qld govt wants child death sentence probe

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October 12, 2017

Matthew Scown leaves court in Brisbane after being convicted of the manslaughter of his stepson.

Victim advocates are angry a Queensland man who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of his four-year-old stepson walked free after being given a suspended prison sentence.

Justice Martin Burns said Matthew Scown was not responsible for the injuries that killed Tyrell Cobb, but had failed in his duty of care to the boy.

Tyrell died on the Gold Coast in May 2009 from internal bleeding and stomach injuries caused by blunt force trauma.

He had 53 bruises and 17 abrasions from head to legs when he died, the court heard.

Scown was sentenced on Wednesday to a maximum four years' jail for the manslaughter of Tyrell, having already spent two years and eight months in custody

He had initially charged with murder but pleaded guilty to lesser charge ahead of sentence on Wednesday.

Scown walked out of the Supreme Court in Brisbane smiling, but Bravehearts founder Hetty Johnson wasn't.

"They're doing all these plea bargains just to move cases through ... (it's) expedition at the cost of these kids," she told the Courier Mail.

"I think if the DPP had the resources and the backbone they should have gone for him (Scown)."

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