Keli Lane: “I’m certain I didn’t kill my baby”
The former water polo player is currently serving an 18-year sentence for her murder
By Practical Parenting team
September 25 2018
“She’s so beautiful, tucked in this capsule”.
This is how Keli Lane described her last moments with baby daughter Tegan, who she claims she handed over to the child’s biological father days after her birth.
Speaking from prison with ABC’s Caro Meldrum-Hanna, Lane says she is ‘certain’ she didn’t kill her own child although she also admits to being a serial liar.
In the explosive new documentary ‘Exposed: the case of Keli Lane’, Lane breaks a 15-year silence to speak about what happened to her daughter.
In a telephone call from prison, Lane describes how she handed her newborn over to the child’s father, while she was still in hospital.
She claimed in 1999 that the father is Andrew Norris, a name she later changed to Morris. Lane claims the pair had been having an affair while they were both in relationships with other people.
“I was very upset, I was crying and Andrew was with... Mel [Andrew's girlfriend] and his mother,” she said.
“They'd obviously been sitting in the chair waiting and they stood up as we approached - 'was this the right thing to do?’”
Her parents are supportive of Lane and say they believe her story.
“You wouldn't put this sort of pressure on yourself otherwise. It's solely to help her get out of that place,” her mother Sandy said.
Lane hid five pregnancies over a period of around seven years, from 1992 to 1999. Two of her babies were terminated, two were adopted out and the last was Tegan, born in 1999.
She concealed her pregnancies from family and friends and said it wasn’t difficult and she “didn’t put that much effort into it.”
“The fact Keli Lane told so many lies about the birth of her children made it hard for us to separate fact from fiction,” says Caro Meldrum-Hanna. “She sprinkled truth among the lies.”
Police have never found any record of Tegan or her alleged father, Andrew Morris.