Skepticism fades in Chamberlain baby case as evidence shows dingos are dangerous

Australian inquest opens in dingo-baby mystery

A coroner on Friday opened Australia’s fourth inquest into the most notorious and bitterly controversial legal drama in the nation’s history: the 1980 death of a 9-week-old baby whose parents say was taken by a dingo from her tent in the Australian Outback.

Azaria Chamberlain’s mother, Lindy, was convicted and later cleared of murdering her and has always maintained that a wild dog took the baby. She and her ex-husband, Michael Chamberlain, are hoping fresh evidence they have gathered about dingo attacks on children will convince Northern Territory Coroner Elizabeth Morris and end relentless speculation that has followed them for 32 years.

Anne Lade, a former police officer hired by the court to investigate the case, told a packed courtroom that in the years since Azaria disappeared, there have been numerous dingo attacks on humans, some of them fatal. Rex Wild, a lawyer assisting the coroner, described several of the attacks and said he believed the evidence showed that a dingo could have been responsible for Azaria’s death.

Source: USA Today

Dingo Credit: AFP, William West

Here is another article:
The case that split the nation

When Lindy Chamberlain cried out that “a dingo’s got my baby”, it reverberated round Australia, bringing reactions of incredulity and scepticism, fuelled by the seemingly calm appearance of Michael and Lindy Chamberlain. Stories, speculation, jokes and malice spread in profusion. It seemed an unlikely story, and the Chamberlains, along with their religion, were sufficiently “different” to be suspect.

But there always was direct evidence that the dingo had taken the baby. Two campers, Bill and Judith West, heard a dingo growl near the tent. There were dingo paw prints at the entrance. There were drag marks in the sand and an indentation consistent with a baby’s jumpsuit and people actually followed dingo tracks for a time away from the campsite.

This is a followup to an earlier story where the father of the missing infant welcomed the inquest back in December. New evidence showed that tragic incidents of dingo attacks were documented. The claim that the dingo attack was responsible for the baby’s death seems more credible now.

  3 comments for “Skepticism fades in Chamberlain baby case as evidence shows dingos are dangerous

  1. Daran
    February 24, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Dingoes, feral dogs, wolves and coyotes will always eat babies, it is their nature and always has been, always.

  2. Massachusetts
    February 24, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Especially baby rabbits. But I’d lock up the toddlers for sure.

  3. Massachusetts
    February 24, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Rather beautiful Dingo image, though. I assume if they are raised with humans they aren’t quite so dangerous?

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