Back in 1980, a baby disappearance case sparked controversy in Australia. The mom said it was a dingo that took the baby, but authorities had her serve three years in jail. After all these years, a coroner said that a dingo was at blame for the 1980 Australian baby disappearance.
The past thirty years were not easy for Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton and her ex-husband. Many Australians did not believe their story, that a dingo took their baby from a campsite in the Outback. They were so scrutinous regarding their story that some would even howle like a dingo when they passed their home.
For Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton the scrutiny and authorities lack of evidence meant serving time in jail. She was blamed for her baby’s death and sent to spend three years in jail. Eventually all charges were dropped, but it more years had to pass before a coroner finally confirmed her story. An Australian coroner announced on Tuesday that a dingo was to blame for the baby’s disappearance in the end.
Coroner Elizabeth Morris finally closed the case. She said the “evidence is sufficiently adequate, clear, cogent and exact” and it “excludes all other reasonable possibilities”. Plus, if before 1980 dingo attacks on babies were not documented, at least three fatal attacks on children have been attributed to wild dogs since then.
Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton told reporters: “We’re relieved and delighted to come to the end of this saga. No longer will Australia be able to say that dingoes are not dangerous and only attack if provoked”. “We live in a beautiful country, but it is dangerous and we would ask all Australians to beware of this and take appropriate precautions” added Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton.
Baby Azaria and her parents were out in a campsite in the Outback, near Ayers Rock. She disappeared on August 17, 1980 and the controversial circumstances were featured in a movie eight years later, called “A Cry in the Dark”. The mother was accused of killing her own daughter by using nail scissors to slash her throat so it would look like a dingo attack.
The coroner however, confirmed Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton’s story, that after Azaria was put in the tent, one or more dingoes took her and either “dragged or carried her from the area”.