(AP) — Settling a notorious 1980 case that split the nation and led to a
mistaken murder conviction, an Australian coroner ruled Tuesday that a
dingo took a baby from a campsite in the Outback, just as her mother
said from the beginning.
The eyes of Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton
and her ex-husband, Michael Chamberlain, welled with tears as the
findings of the fourth inquest into the disappearance of their
9-week-old daughter, Azaria, were announced in court. Lindy Chamberlain
served more than three years in prison for the baby's death, but was
later cleared and has always maintained that a wild dog took her.
relieved and delighted to come to the end of this saga," a tearful but
smiling Chamberlain-Creighton told reporters outside the court in the
northern city of Darwin.
Azaria disappeared from a campsite near
Ayers Rock, the red monolith in the Australian desert now known by its
Aboriginal name Uluru. The case became famous internationally through
the 1988 movie "A Cry in the Dark."