In the 10 years since Keli Lane has been in the spotlight regarding the disappearance of her two-day-old baby, her parents, Sandra and Robert, have remained silent.
Throughout the years, their daughter has been described in headlines as a ‘Baby Killer’, a ‘Psychopath’, and an ‘Evil Monster’, was convicted of killing her baby Tegan, and sentenced to a minimum 13½ years in jail.
So what do Sandra and Robert Lane think happened to baby Tegan? And do they think their daughter is guilty of her murder?
On Sunday night’s 60 minutes, Keli’s parents broke their silence. Sandra and Robert, aged 67 and 70 respectively, naturally shy away from the media. But they spoke to Allison Langdon because they believe their daughter, now 40 years old, and five years into her sentence, should be free.
Sandra and Robert say that the perception that their daughter was a child killer was there prior to her being convicted.
“She was demonised in the media,” Robert argues. “Ten years. There was nothing nice said about her.”
Keli has always maintained that Tegan isn’t dead, but that she gave her away to her father, Andrew Morris or Norris, when she was two days old.
And the Lanes believe this story.
“It sounds improbable,” says Sandra. “But… a lot of improbable things happen in life.”
They maintain that Keli “is a wonderful daughter. We love her dearly, even though we’ve been in a difficult position for many years.”
Sandra and Robert’s unconditional love for their daughter is unmistakable, but most of Australia wants answers to a number of questions that just don’t seem to add up. This was the Lanes’ opportunity to give us a detailed description of what they believe to be the truth.
“This was your daughter, living under your roof and you didn’t notice she was pregnant three times?”
Robert says, “some people indicated they had suspicions, but we didn’t know, and if you don’t know, you don’t know – it’s as simple as that.”
Sandra reiterates, “at the time, fashion-wise, you didn’t wear tight clothes – it was just all baggy gear – and seeing as she spent most of her time in, like, tracksuits and whatever going to and from training and all the rest of it, I mean, nobody knew. That can happen with people. I mean, they have cases where women get a stomach pain, they think, and they go and have a baby, so…”
“Why do you think Keli felt she couldn’t confide in you?”