Mum ‘murdered three-year-old daughter’ after losing custody battle with ex-lover

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A MUM has been accused of murdering her three-year-old daughter after losing her to her ex-partner in a bitter custody battle.

Little Isla Gurney was found dead in her bed at a property in New South Wales, Australia.

Tamara Gurney was found slipping in and out of conscious earlier this month
Tamara Gurney was found slipping in and out of conscious earlier this month
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Father Nathan Katterns had just obtain full custody of little Isla
Father Nathan Katterns had just obtain full custody of little Isla
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Her mum Tamara, 40, was in another room at the house slipping in and out of consciousness after a reported drug overdose earlier this month.

Police are currently investigating if Isla’s death was connected to the outcome of the recent custody battle.

Tamara was reportedly “inconsolable” after finding out her toddler would live her biological father Nathan Katterns – who got full custody of his daughter.

A GoFundMe has been set up by Mr Kattern’s friends to help support him.

The page claims the teacher was involved with an 18-month legal battle after Isla was moved 620 miles away.

Mr Kattern left a heartbreaking tribute: “You will always be daddy’s little girl ‘moo’ and loved to the moon, stars, heaven and back forever.

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

“Every time we look out across the ocean or up to the sky, we will always think of you as our angel girl.”

Local media reported there were “no signs of injuries on Isla’s body”.

NSW police are waiting on autopsy results to determine the cause of deaht.

Officers were called to the home after a neighbour asked to check on the welfare of the mum and daughter.

Margaret Gurney, Isla’s grandmother , told Nine News: “She was the most gorgeous little girl you’ve ever seen.

“I talked to her Wednesday night, she said: ‘I love you, grandma, you’re the best grandma’.”


Margaret said she became concerned when her daughter sent a worrying text shortly before her granddaughter was found dead.

She said: “Tamara sent a text saying what a wonderful mother I was and she used past tense, so that’s when I knew.

“Then she said: ‘I’ll say goodbye now, mum, I won’t be here tomorrow’.”

Mr Katterns is devastated after his toddler died
Mr Katterns is devastated after his toddler died
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A GoFundMe has started to help support the father
A GoFundMe has started to help support the father
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Police were called to the home in New South Wales after a neighbour asked for the mum and daughter to be checked on
Police were called to the home in New South Wales after a neighbour asked for the mum and daughter to be checked on
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