My dear teacher killed her baby

Keli Lane in her teaching days. Source: The Daily Telegraph

I KNEW convicted child murderer Keli Lane simply as Miss Lane. She was my high school physical education teacher at Ravenswood School for Girls, a Uniting Church school in Gordon, on Sydney's north shore.

It was 2001 and I was 17. Miss Lane was 26.

Nobody knew it at the time but five years earlier, this young woman had murdered her own newborn baby, Tegan, after going through pregnancy without the knowledge of her family or friends. Later, police would discover she had gone through several other secret pregnancies, which resulted in either abortion or adoption of the babies.

In December of 2010, Miss Lane was convicted of murdering two-day-old Tegan Lee Lane and disposing of the body in a place unknown. On Friday, she was sentenced to a maximum term of 18 years in prison.