Little angel allegedly murdered after custody dispute

A GRIEVING Gold Coast father, whose daughter was allegedly murdered by his estranged partner, is mourning the loss of his daughter after a recent custody battle.

Little Iyla's lifeless body was found earlier this month in a house three hours west of Sydney.

The three year old lived there with her mother Tamara Gurney, 40, who has been charged with murder.

Father Nathan Katterns, a Merrimac teacher, was too distraught to talk to The Sunday Mail but has taken to social media to remember his "angel" and call for change.

"You will always be daddy's little girl 'moo' and loved to the moon, stars, heaven and back forever," he wrote.

" You will be remembered and in the hearts of everyone who met you."


Nathan Katterns with 3 year old daughter Iyla.
Nathan Katterns with 3 year old daughter Iyla.


According to Mr Katterns the tragedy unfolded after a recent custody battle.

He alleged Gurney took Iyla " without consent" to NSW.

According to police, they found the child dead in her bed at the Orange property. Officers had been notified by a concerned neighbour who had reportedly been called by one of Gurney's relatives asking him to call the authorities.

Gurney was located in another room from her daughter but was allegedly not lucid and was taken to hospital. She was charged with murder last week.

A GoFundMe has been set up to raise funds for Mr Katterns and help establish an organisation in Iyla's name. It will aim to raise awareness and provide support to other parents who are faced with "the challenge of having to fight for access just to see their child", the page said.

"Iyla will give us all strength to make this right and to ensure it never happens again," Mr Katterns said.

It will also lobby to change the legal process to ensure such a "tragedy never happens again."

The fund has so far raised $8,524 out of a target of $20,000.