Closure for Australian mystery death by dingo

In an update to two stories (see below) detailing a decades long mystery into the death of a child, finally there is some closure.

Coroner rules dingo to blame for Australian baby’s death

A coroner ruled Tuesday that a dingo, a wild dog native to Australia, caused the death of a baby more than 30 years ago.

Azaria Chamberlain was just two-months-old when she disappeared from a tent during a family holiday to Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, sparking one of the country’s most sensational and enduring murder mysteries.

“The cause of her death was as the result of being attacked and taken by a dingo,” Elizabeth Morris, coroner for Northern Territory, announced to Darwin Magistrates court early Tuesday. “Dingos can and do cause harm to humans.”

The girl’s mother, Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, long maintained that a dingo took her baby, even as she was sentenced to life in jail for her daughter’s murder, a conviction that was later quashed.

Outside the court Tuesday, Chamberlain-Creighton said she and her family were “relieved and delighted to come to the end of this saga.”


Source: @CNNbrk on Twitter

Even though this was the FOURTH inquest into the child’s death, according to some of DN’s Australian friends, this outcome was not in doubt. It is now widely accepted that the wild dogs were indeed capable of such an act. It has since been documented in other places.

Skepticism fades in Chamberlain baby case…
Did dingos really take the baby?

  4 comments for “Closure for Australian mystery death by dingo

  1. June 12, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    After thirty years they still have not found baby Azaria’s body, which definitely would bring some closure to the family.

  2. Sean Elliott
    June 12, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    So very sad. It must be awful to lose a child in such a horrible way, only to be accused of and convicted of murder. Of course any trace of the baby is long gone. I sincerely hope this mother finds some peace.

  3. Massachusetts
    June 12, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    I’m surprised there was any doubt that wild dogs, at least occasionally, are capable of doing such a thing. Occasionally domesticated dogs go off the rails, so why not an animal that’s on its own and perhaps starving?

    • John
      June 13, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      There is doubt because human parents are no less capable of infanticide. Statistically, it is much, much more likely.

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