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Devastating blow to the traditional father

A Sydney tradie has been dealt a devastating blow in his battle for custody of his newborn daughter.

Northern Sydney carpenter Dan Gaut caught the attention of Australians across the country when he told them his heartbreaking story A current matter in February.

The tradie was looking forward to the impending birth of his daughter until his girlfriend Liv suddenly returned to the US without him.

She then resumed a relationship with a previous partner and announced she was putting her baby up for adoption, but Mr Gaut made a deal.

If he were to fly to the US to be with her during or shortly after the birth in March, his ex would legally and permanently hand over their daughter Ana to him.

Now the broadcaster has revealed that his ex has changed her mind and decided to keep baby Ana instead.

“I feel heartbroken and empty because I am forced to leave America alone,” Mr. Gaut posted on Instagram.

“Liv has changed her mind and wants to keep Ana in the States and be her primary caregiver.

“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to everyone who has supported me on this journey.

“I will use the remaining donations to seek legal representation in Austin and visit Ana as often as possible,” he continued.

“I still have a vision of Ana growing up in Australia in the not too distant future.”

The Sydney Australian was reunited with his baby daughter after desperately traveling to the US to stop her adoption.

Mr Gaut reportedly embarked on a 15-hour flight to Texas a month ago after learning his ex had gone into labor before her due date in March.

A Sydney local told me at the time A current issue he “didn’t sleep a wink (on the flight)”.

“She’s just the sweetest little thing, she’s so good, she’s just adorable and just perfect,” he said after meeting his daughter for the first time.

“Whatever anxiety or perhaps awkwardness I felt in that moment just dissipated. The love for her overwhelmed me and it was like a magical moment of love that I couldn’t wait to hold her in my arms.

“She’s just a little angel… I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Mr Gaut said at the time that he was taking things “one day at a time” as he learned how to be a new father.

Now the heartbreaking decision means Mr Gaut will return to Australia without his daughter, despite previous arrangements.

“We don’t know what will happen next, but she is very supportive of me bringing the baby to Australia,” he previously said A current issue.

“I can’t get too tense thinking about all the stages along the way, so it’s just one day at a time.

“I have to get a US passport, which, even if I expedite it, could take up to five weeks.

“Once I have the passport in my hands (the next step is) to get one of the ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) Australian visa apps for her and then we will apply for her Australian citizenship at the same time.”

His ex-girlfriend originally offered to return to Australia to help the new father fly home with baby Ana – short for Anuta.

Mr Gaut met his ex during a holiday in San Francisco in early 2023 before she followed him back to Australia.

The couple “were deeply in love and agreed to have a baby together.”

However, the broadcaster said he was “heartbroken” when his ex returned to the US on a “visit” to seek out her “support network” and told him she was considering handing the baby over to US adoption agents.

“She started sending me adoption options for people she knew in Texas and she sent me the links to the Instagram page,” he previously said A current issue.

“And I thought, ‘No, that means stop it, don’t promise it to anyone.’

Mr Gaut’s friends have launched a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign to help with travel and immigration costs.

“I don’t know how I’m going to do this, but I know I will do everything I can to bring my daughter home and shower her with love and acceptance,” Mr Gaut said on GoFundMe.

“Every child should know that they are loved and wanted. I just want to be the best father I can be.

“I want to be there for my little Ana every step of the way.”

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