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Coroner: Dingo did take Aussie baby
A coroner in Australia has brought closure to a 32-year-old case that attracted international attention, finding that a dingo did indeed take 9-week-old Azaria Charmberlain from her parents' tent at a campsite decades ago. A 1981 inquest into the incident also put the blame on a wild dog, but an inquest the following year charged the baby's mother, Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, with murder and the father with being an accessory after the fact. That decision was eventually overturned, but only after Chamberlain-Creighton had served more than three years in prison. After a third inquest in 1995, the baby's cause of death was left as open. The case inspired a 1988 film, Cry in the Dark; Meryl Streep played Chamberlain-Creighton.
 
This 1982 photo shows Lindy Chamberlain and her husband Michael the day a coroner ordered her to face a charge of murdering her infant daughter Azaria, reversing an earlier verdict that the baby was slaughtered by a dingo. A coroner ruled on June 11, 2012, that a dingo did in fact take Chamberlain's baby.
This 1982 photo shows Lindy Chamberlain and her husband Michael the day a coroner ordered her to face a charge of murdering her infant daughter Azaria, reversing an earlier verdict that the baby was slaughtered by a dingo. A coroner ruled on June 11, 2012, that a dingo did in fact take Chamberlain's baby.
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coroner in Australia has brought closure to a 32-year-old case that attracted international attention, finding that a dingo did indeed take 9-week-old Azaria Charmberlain from her parents' tent at a campsite decades ago. A 1981 inquest into the incident also put the blame on a wild dog, but an inquest the following year charged the baby's mother, Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, with murder and the father with being an accessory after the fact. That decision was eventually overturned, but only after Chamberlain-Creighton had served more than three years in prison. After a third inquest in 1995, the baby's cause of death was left as open. The case inspired a 1988 film, Cry in the Dark; Meryl Streep played Chamberlain-Creighton.
 

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