On Friday new evidence was heard about the 1980 death of nine-week-old Azaria Chamberlain. Lindy Chamberlain, Azaria's mother has always maintained that a dingo took the baby from her tent in the Australian Outback.
Lindy Chamberlain was previously convicted of murdering her baby, and served four years before being cleared of the charges. This is currently the fourth inquest into the death of the infant. Lindy and her ex-husband Michael Chamberlain are bringing in new evidence that dingo's have attacked children on multiple occasions.
Lindy has since remarried, and is now known as Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton
There is a lot of new evidence, said Stuart Tripple, the Chamberlain's attorney. The last inquest was in 1995 and since then there have been a number of significant dingo attacks.
Former police officer Anne Lade presented new information about dingo attacks to a packed courtroom. Lade said that since Azaria's disappearance in 1980 there have been numerous attacks by dingos, some which have been fatal. The former police officer and her assisting lawyer, Rex Wild, believed that their evidence shows that Azaria's death by a dingo was a reality.
The court is expected to hear about 12 cases of serious dingo attacks since 1995. CNN states that one of the worst cases was an attack in 2001, when a nine-year-old was killed and his friend mauled by two dingoes.
The family was on a camping ground on Aug. 17, 1980 near Ayer's Rock, a large tourist attraction in the outback. That day Lindy saw a dingo leave the family's tent with nine-week-old baby Azaria. Azaria's body has never been found, but a couple years after her disappearance a piece of her clothing was found in a dingo's den in the Ayer's Rock area. The incident spurred the famous phrase A dingo ate my baby!
Azaria's parents would like for the court to officially declare that their infant had been killed by a dingo. Currently the child's death certificate says cause of death is unknown. The Chamberlains hope to get closure with the latest inquest.
A film about the dingo-baby mystery called A Cry in the Dark was made in 1988 starring Meryl Streep. Streep was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, but lost to Jodie Foster.