Solicitors acting for a couple suspected of murdering their three-year-old daughter have requested that two new post-mortem examinations be carried out.
Lia Green, of Norris Street, Plungington, Preston, was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital last Thursday after falling ill at home.
The youngster was pronounced dead on arrival.
Lancashire Police arrested Lia’s parents, Richard Green, 22, and Natalie Critchley, 20, and launched a murder investigation.
A subsequent post-mortem examination found that Lia had died of “significant internal injuries caused by violence”.
But now her grandfather has said legal representatives acting on behalf of the pair want a second and third opinion on the cause of her death.
And Steve Rimmer, 47, of Ribbleton, Preston, said this meant that Lia’s funeral arrangements would have to be delayed.
Mr Green’s father said: “It’s very sad but the situation is we can’t arrange a funeral yet because we’ve got two pathologists who want to see her.
“The solicitors want two independent post-mortem examinations to be carried out.
“They have separate solicitors and each solicitor wants their own report.
“They believe more time and thought should have been given to the post-mortem.
“We want to plan her funeral but unfortunately this has to be done.
“Just talking about it is bad enough.”
Mr Rimmer said Lia was running around a park near her home on Wednesday before being sick that evening.
He said the family believed her death was the result of a tragic accident.
Lia’s parents were quizzed by detectives over the weekend and released from custody on Monday morning.
They are scheduled to answer bail in Preston on Tuesday, October 16.
Police have since delivered around 40 leaflets to homes in the area where Lia lived, where they were unable to speak to anybody during door-to-door enquiries, asking for information about her death.
If you have any information about the incident or know anything that you think will assist the investigation, call Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log number LC-20120830-0264.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org.