The Age this morning reports a curious case of a mother charged with the murder of her newborn baby – even though the baby’s body has never been found. The following is from the print edition of the story “Water polo player charged with daughter murder”:
Keli Lane was a 21-year-old water polo star when, having concealed her pregnancy from loved ones and teammates, she gave birth to Tegan at Auburn Hospital on September 12, 1996.
Two days later, she left the hospital in a taxi at 2pm. Tegan has not been seen since. By 4pm that day, Keli Lane was at a friend’s wedding in Manly. By all accounts, nobody at the wedding – not even her mother – suspected.
It is a sad story of a young woman who wanted a successful sporting career more than a family. The curious thing about the case is that (at least in Victoria) she could have had the child aborted right up until the birth itself, and the doctor and the nursing staff of the Auburn Hospital would have helped her dispose of the body, would have kept the whole thing a secret, and there would never have been an inquest, let alone a murder trial. And yet the final outcome would have been exactly the same: dead baby.
We live in a topsy-turvy world…