The need for a successful appeal against murder charges brought against convicted baby killer Keli Lane is becoming increasingly urgent.
The former Olympic hopeful has reportedly suffered repeated bashings as she serves her 18 year sentence in jail.
The former water polo player was sentenced in December last year for murdering her two-day-old daughter Tegan in September 1996.
According to News Limited, Lane has been subjected to at least one serious bashing inside the Silverwater
Women's Correctional Centre, which resulted in numerous facial injuries.
Lane still maintains Tegan was given to her natural father and immediately indicated her intention to appeal the conviction after her trial last year.
The Crown case was that Lane secretly left Auburn Hospital with Tegan and murdered her in the few hours before she attended a wedding on the northern beaches.
The Sydney Olympic Park site, then a construction zone in 1996, was suggested to the jury as a possible murder scene.
Experienced defence barrister Winston Terracini SC is expected to act for Lane in the appeal, which will be heard before a full bench.
A notice of intention to appeal is still before the Supreme Court.