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Tuesday
Jun122012

Inquest Rules Australian Woman's Baby Was Stolen by Dingo

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) -- "Maybe the dingo ate your baby" is one of the more famous lines delivered by Julia Louis-Dreyfus' character Elaine in the sitcom Seinfeld, referencing the 1988 movie A Cry in the Dark.

It turned out the movie was based on a real-life case in Australia of Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, whose 9-month-old daughter was snatched from a campsite in the outback by a dingo in 1980.

In spite of an inquest agreeing with the couple's account, suspicion immediately fell on Chamberlain-Creighton and her now ex-husband, Michael Chamberlain, that they were trying to cover up a murder.

Chamberlain-Creighton was later convicted of killing her daughter, Azaria, and Chamberlain was found guilty of being an accessory, but the verdicts were eventually overturned.

While people still had their doubts about the couple's story, the results of a fourth coroner's inquest revealed Tuesday concluded that the baby was indeed taken by a wild dog.  The ruling was bolstered by three fatal attacks on children since Azaria was taken from the campsite.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Oct202010

Australian Dingo Snatching Case Reopened After 30 Years

File Photo. Lindy Chamberlain’s baby Azaria was allegedly taken by a dingo while the family vacationed on Aug. 17, 1980. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SYDNEY) -- Thirty years after an Australian mother uttered the cry heard round the world that a dingo had taken and killed her baby, a new inquest is reportedly under way.

The infant's parents hope the new inquiry will clear their names for good.

Though Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton and Michael Chamberlain were absolved of wrongdoing in 1988, some still suspect that Chamberlain-Creighton murdered their 10-week-old daughter, Azaria, during a 1980 camping trip to Ayer's Rock, now known as Uluru.

A third inquest into the case in 1995 left Azaria's cause of death "unknown."

Northern Territory authorities are reportedly moving toward opening a fourth inquest into the child's death, according to various Australian media reports.

The Chamberlain case was arguably among Australia's most infamous. Chamberlain-Creighton's cry of "the dingo's got my baby," often recited as "the dingo ate my baby," became hallmarks of the chilling case and a cause for parody.

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