A ‘Lanterns for Lia’ memorial event which was set to mark the first anniversary of Lia Green’s death was cancelled yesterday amid concerns from police.
Members of a Lia Green Memorial Page on Facebook, where nearly 200 people have called for tougher sentences for the tragic tot’s parents, had arranged to meet at Lia’s grave in Preston Cemetery.
Organiser Donna Rowe, from Plungington, Preston, said they wanted to let off lanterns in memory of Lia.
But relatives said they would be at the grave and branded it “disrespectful”.
Officers had been put on standby in case trouble broke out between the two groups.
Lia’s dad Richard Green, 23, of Harling Road, Ribbleton, was jailed for seven years in July after he admitted killing his three-year-old daughter on August 30, 2012.
Her mum, Natalie Critchley, 21, of Norris Street, Plungington, received a 21-month jail term after being found guilty of child cruelty.
After the sentencing campaigners gathered at Lia’s grave to pay tribute to her.
But Critchley’s mum Jackie Critchley accused them of paying ‘false tributes’ because of a personal spat.
Natalie aunt, Georgina Critchley, said: “All the family have been going to the cemetery every day this week.
“We don’t want anybody else going - we just want Lia to be able to rest. It’s disgusting. They are not respecting Lia’s family whatsoever. They are not doing it for Lia.”
Ms Rowe said the campaigners still intended to “light up the sky for Lia”.
She said: “We’ve had a lot of trouble with the family, so what we’ve decided to do is let the lanterns off at home or somewhere else. I don’t want to see the family. It was for Lia because I knew that little girl and we want justice for her.
“We were upset with the Attorney General’s decision not to review their sentences. We had a lot of names on a petition.
“I’ve heard Natalie will be out at Christmas. If we can’t get her a longer sentence then we want to make sure she doesn’t have any contact with children when she comes out.”