Monday, June 11, 2012

Dingo caused baby Azaria Chamberlain's death - coroner

                                   Azaria's parents were initially charged with her disappearance

An Australian coroner has made a final ruling that a dingo dog took baby Azaria Chamberlain from a campsite in 1980 and caused her death.
The decision was made after Azaria's parents presented new evidence to try to clear their names.
After the eight week-old baby went missing, they were charged with her disappearance, and mother Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton with her murder.
She was released when evidence matched the dingo story but doubts lingered.
They have long argued that the open verdict recorded after an earlier review of the case left room for doubt about Ms Chamberlain-Creighton's innocence.
Famous case Earlier this year, the Chamberlains gave evidence to a coroner in Darwin recording a series of other attacks by dingos on humans.

Azaria Chamberlain case

  • 17 Aug 1980: Baby Azaria Chamberlain disappears from a campsite near Uluru (Ayers Rock) - her parents say she was taken by a dingo
  • 1982: Mother Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton convicted of murder; father Michael Chamberlain found guilty of being an accessory
  • 1986: Police find a piece of the baby's clothing in area of dingo lairs - case reopened
  • 15 Sep 1988: Both Lindy and Michael Chamberlain cleared of charges
  • 1995: Open verdict recorded following another inquest
  • 24 Feb 2012: Fourth inquest opened
Virtually ever since Azaria vanished from her tent near Uluru (Ayers Rock) in 1980, Australia has been engrossed by the question of whether she was taken by a dingo.
In 1982, Ms Chamberlain-Creighton was found guilty of her baby's murder and sentenced to life imprisonment, while Mr Chamberlain was found guilty of being an accessory.