15 Apr '11, 5am

Australian water polo star jailed for killing baby

SYDNEY: A talented Australian water polo player accused of killing her baby daughter to focus on competing at the Sydney Olympics was on Friday jailed for 18 years for murdering the infant. Keli Lane, 35, was found guilty in December of killing newborn Tegan -- the result of a pregnancy she had kept secret from her partner, family and teammates -- in September 1996. Lane had maintained her innocence, saying she had handed the child to its father shortly after the birth and never seen it again, but New South Wales Supreme Court Justice Anthony Whealy accepted she killed the girl. Whealy said "golden girl" Lane, who represented Australia as a junior water polo player, had been desperate when she murdered the baby, whose remains have never been found. "The present case may properly be seen, in every sense, as a tragedy involving mother and daughter," he said, Australian news ...

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