The parents of Keli Lane, have broken their silence surrounding the conviction of their daughter for murdering her baby.

Sandra and Robert Lane, who live in Manly in Sydney’s northern say they don’t believe their only daughter is capable of killing and that a great miscarriage of justice has occurred.

Speaking in an interview on 60 minutes, Keli’s mother Sandra said:

“I don’t think she’d hurt anybody to be truthful, especially a child.”

Her daughter Keli, was jailed for at least 13 years and five months for the murder of two-day-old Tegan in 2011.  The former elite water polo player has always maintained she gave Tegan to the infant’s father, with whom she had a brief affair.  Unsure of his actual name, Keli identified him as being called Andrew Norris or Morris.

The baby girl has never been found.

Keli’s parents broke their five year silence yesterday, following news that the evidence in their daughter’s case is being reviewed by The Bridge of Hope Innocence Initiative at RMIT University.

The couple acknowledge that their daughter’s story sounds “improbable”.

“(But) the truth is stranger than fiction isn’t it,” Robert Lane said.  “We love her dearly even though we’ve been in a difficult position.  All we can do is support her.”

Robert continued in the interview, saying that his daughter had been “demonised in the media for 10 years” and that both he and his wife believe there was a miscarriage of justice in Keli’s trial.

Keli’s high-profile trial saw the prosecution arguing that the then 21-year-old murdered her baby so she could realise her dream of competing in water polo at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.

60 Minutes also revealed that Kelli, who never gave evidence during the sensational trial, would take the stand if she was granted a retrial.

Speaking via a phone call which aired during the program she said, “I want to be heard and I want to be heard in full.”


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  • yes i don’t know. how could they not know where the child is now, if it is still alive and apparently will be on “record” somewhere! doctors or schools etc.


  • This is a very peculiar case.


  • This was an extraordinarily difficult situation to assess.


  • This case is very strange!


  • I watched the story on tv last night and was not convinced of her innocence. The only way I’d believe she’s innocent is if her daughter Tegan and the biological father Andrew Norris/Morris come forward. The police and Ms Lane’s defence lawyers would have conducted a thorough search for the girl and her father with no results. This will be just more public money wasted on re-opening a case with no new evidence presented.


  • Did Keli or anybody else for that matter report the baby missing? They release the Mums from hospital too soon after birth. They used to stay in hospital for a few days, by which time they knew whether the baby is able to feed properly or not. She could easily have handed the baby to the Dad and him done a runner. It wouldn’t be the first time and it won’t be the last.


  • My goodness. I don’t remember this at all. I hope they get answers


  • Lke gs


  • What a horrible thing for these parents to go through.


  • This is a very interesting case and quite strange. I do hope more information comes to light so that they can have some answers either way.


  • I remember being bewildered by this case when it went to trial. Not shocked nor disgusted but confused. I wonder if the man will be able to be located for her new trial and what the outcome will be. A huge ordeal for Kelli and her family to endure.


  • Kelli os lucky to have such a supportive family. So hard for all of them, especially if she is innocent. The justice system isn’t perfect.


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