The father of three-year-old Lia Green has been charged on suspicion of her murder.
The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Lancashire Police to charge 22-year-old Richard Green, of Harling Road, Preston, with the murder of the youngster.
He has been remanded in custody to appear before Preston Magistrates Court on Wednesday
He has also been charged with causing or allowing the death of a child or vulnerable adult.
Lia’s 20-year-old mum Natalie Critchley, 20, who was arrested on suspicion of murder, has been released on police bail until January 16 next year.
A 22-year-old man, who was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice, has also been bailed until November 13.
A member of Mr Green’s family last night said the family was still coming to terms with the news.
He said: “I feel absolutely, completely crushed - my head is all over the place. We don’t know what to think.”
Lia, of Norris Street, Plungington, Preston, died at Royal Preston Hospital after falling ill at her home on August 30.
Ambulance crews were called to the family’s home after receiving reports that the child was “feeling unwell.”
She was rushed to Royal Preston Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
Two post mortem examinations showed that Lia died as a result of “significant” violence.
Her parents were arrested following her death and then released on bail without charge.
They were re-arrested by police on Monday.