Azaria Chamberlain case has been solved and concluded that infact, the nine-week-old was taken by a dingo from her tent in Uluru, Australia.
The 1980 case divided the nation with Azaria’s disappearance and a mistaken murder conviction of her mother, Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton. The night Azaria disappeared, her family had been camping with six other groups on the east side of Ayers Rock. Azaria had been put to bed. Soon after, one of the campers heard a cry. Lindy Chamberlain went to check on her baby and screamed “My God, My God, a dingo has got my baby”. There was blood on the tent and dingo tracks. A search party of 300 people searched for Azaria, but she was never found.
The Azaria Chamberlain case became famous with the 1988 movie “A Cry in the Dark.” At that time, Australians didn’t believe dingos were able to carry a baby away. No dingo attacks were documented in that time, but recently the wild dogs have been blamed for fatal attacks on children.
In a packed courtroom in Northern Territory, coroner Elizabeth Morris read the new findings, “I am satisfied that the evidence is sufficiently adequate, clear, cogent and exact, and that the evidence excludes all other reasonable possibilities, to find that what occurred on 17 August 1980 was that shortly after Mrs Chamberlain placed Azaria in the tent, a dingo or dingoes entered the tent, took Azaria and carried and dragged her from the immediate area,” she said.
Azaria Chamberlain Inquest
A coroner is today expected to overturn the open verdict on the death of Azaria Chamberlain as a fourth inquest comes to a close.
Coroner’s Ruling on Azaria Chamberlain’s Death
“Please accept my sincere sympathies on the death of your special and loved daughter and sister, Azaria. I am so sorry for your loss. Time does not remove the pain and sadness of the death of a child,” she said. Azaria’s death certificate will now be changed from “unknown” to state that a dingo took her.
Michael Chamberlain told reporters, “This has been a terrifying battle, bitter at times, but now some healing and a chance to put our daughter’s spirit to rest. It has taken too long, however I am here to tell you, you can get justice even when you think all is lost, but truth must be on your side. I can not emphasise enough how sacred human life is. If you know you are right, never give up on getting in right when a serious issue could affect the life and livelihood of others.”
Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton Case
The release of Lindy Chamberlain 1986.
Azaria Chamberlain’s Death
An Australian coroner has ruled that Azaria Chamberlain, a baby girl who disappeared from Ayers Rock 32 years ago, was taken by a dingo or wild dog. The verdict vindicates the child’s mother, Lindy, who has waged a long campaign to prove that she herself did not kill Azaria. Mrs Chamberlain-Creighton was convicted of murder in 1982 but was later cleared when some of the baby’s clothing was found in a dingo den near Uluru, then known as Ayers Rock.
‘Read the Court Ruling Here.