VANDALS have damaged memorabilia at the Ballina grave of murdered toddler Tanilla Warrick-Deaves, devastating her family.
Still coming to terms with his daughter's brutal death, Tanilla's father Adrian Warrick was too upset to talk about the vandalism, but his partner Brooke Bowen said the family was notified of the damage by a friend who visited another grave at the cemetery.
Ms Bowen said while they had potential suspects in mind, the family had no proof of who was damaging the grave site.
"Someone keeps going up and desecrating her grave and we've had to take everything away from the grave site," she said.
"They smashed ornaments; they have taken her photo out of the frame and left the frame there. The teddy bear that was covered in plastic for two years, they took that out and threw it away from the grave."
The vandalism only adds to the pain the family are going through, said Ms Bowen.
"We have five kids between us and we take them up to the grave and they see things that they have put at the grave damaged and it upsets them.
"It's so sad; we had to take all the memorabilia home.
"That way they can't ruin anything to get at us. It makes us feel so hurt because we buried her here, where she should have been with her father in the first place."
Richmond Local Area Command duty officer Inspector Matt Kehoe said police had received reports regarding malicious damage to graves at Ballina cemetery.
"We would encourage people to report any malicious damage to graves they come across so police can investigate," he said.
"Tanilla's Law" demands justice for murdered children
THE FATHER of murdered toddler Tanilla Deaves has started a campaign calling for mandatory life sentences for people found guilty of the murder or manslaughter of a child.
Adrian Warrick and his partner, Brooke Bowen, of Ballina, started a petition on website change.org calling on the NSW Government to legislate a 25-year minimum sentence for anyone found guilty of the sexual assault of a child causing death.
The petition by group "Tanilla's Law" also calls for a 20-year minimum sentence for anyone found guilty of assault of a child causing death.
Mr Warrick said Tanilla was two years and eight months old when she died in August 2011 while in the care of her mother, Donna Deaves, and her mother's defacto partner, Warren Ross, in the Central Coast suburb of Watanobbi.
Tanilla had been the subject of several reports to the Department of Community Services.
Ms Bowen said 11 children registered with DoCS died as a result of assaults in 2011, according to a report by the NSW Ombudsman.
She said Tanilla's Law would provide justice for families in child murder or manslaughter cases.
"Why should these predators only get a light sentence when these children have been robbed of their future?" she said.
"They have been robbed of everything they would experience in the rest of their lives, childhood, school, marriage, having children.
"The law has to change."
Ms Bowen said she met with Ballina MP Don Page about Tanilla's Law and was awaiting a response.
"I have had a meeting with Don Page MP and he said he was going to talk to Greg Smith, the attorney general, and bring up Tanilla's Law with him," she said.
Mr Page said he had written to Mr Smith requesting he consider mandatory minimum sentences for sexual assault causing death of a child and assault causing death of a child, while he his considering mandatory minimum sentences for coward's punch offences.
Deaves was jailed for at least nine years over her part in the murder.
A reduced sentence was imposed for her giving evidence against Ross.
Ross will be sentenced for his part in Tanilla's death on February 28 in Sydney.
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