Posted: Jun 12, 2012 11:43 AM by Alyse Rzemek
Updated: Jun 12, 2012 11:51 AM
It's finally case closed on one of Australia's most bizarre incidents. A judge has ruled, 32 years later, that a dingo was behind the disappearance of nine-week-old Azaria Chamberlain. Mother Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton now has a death certificate which proclaimed what she has maintained for decades, that her nine-week-old baby was killed by a wild animal.
Lindy said, "A dingo got my baby." Lindy and then husband Michael had been camping in the treacherous australian outback when baby Azaria disappeared from the family's tent in August of 1980.
A month before the birth of her fourth child, she was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Then in 1986, a scrap of Azaria's bloody clothing was found near a Dingo lair.
Chamberlain was freed, and later her conviction overturned. but the cause of the baby's death was still listed as "unknown." Though divorced, the Chamberlains continued to fight to clear the family's name. Since the Azaria's disappearance, there have been hundreds of reported Dingo attacks, several fatal. On Tuesday, the coroner finally agreed that had been the fate of baby Azaria. Northern Territory Coroner, Elizabeth Morris apologized. "Please accept my sincere sympathy on the death of your special and loved daughter and sister Azaria," Morris said.
The family says the record has finally been set straight, and they welcome the chance to put their daughter's spirit at rest.