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Father found not guilty over disabled son's death

UPDATE: Clinton Troy Pearse, 33, has been found not guilty of manslaughter.

The Gayndah man's disabled son died due to near drowning after he was left alone in a bathtub.

The jury returned the verdict in little more than two hours after a two and a half day trial, which saw emotional scenes play out in the court room.

Pearse cried as the jury handed down the verdict in the Maryborough Supreme Court on Thursday afternoon.

More to come.

EARLIER: A jury heard the emotional details of the moment a man found his disabled son floating in a bathtub at his Gayndah home during the second day of a trial in the Maryborough Supreme Court.

Clinton Troy Pearse, 33, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to the manslaughter of his severely disabled four-year-old son on February 20, 2013.

Crown prosecutor Michael Cowen told the jury Pearse had left his son, whose disability impaired his ability to sit and stand, in the bath while the shower ran.

The court heard Pearse also left two of his other children aged 2½ and 18 months in the tub, which was left unplugged, for between 10 and 15 minutes while he continued packing their home for a move.

Pearse silently sobbed as the court listened to a recording of his police interview in which he recounted the events of the day.

"My son was floating with his face down," Pearse said on the recording.

"I ripped him out of the water, I didn't even turn the shower off, I yelled out to call the ambulance and started trying to resuscitate him in the lounge room."

The trial continues.

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