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Coroner rules dingo took Australian baby Azaria Chamberlain

Agence France-Presse
A coroner Tuesday ruled that a dingo took baby Azaria Chamberlain, who vanished from the Australian desert 32 years ago in a case that caused a worldwide sensation

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) – A coroner Tuesday ruled that a dingo took baby Azaria Chamberlain, who vanished from the Australian desert 32 years ago in a case that caused a worldwide sensation.

“I find that a dingo took Azaria and dragged her from her tent,” said coroner Elizabeth Morris in the Darwin Magistrates Court.

“It is clear that there is evidence that a dingo is capable of attacking, taking and causing the death of young children.”

Azaria disappeared from a tent near Uluru, or Ayers Rock, in 1980, in an incident that sparked decades of debate in Australia over whether her mother Lindy was responsible for the infant’s death.

The baby was just nine weeks old when she went missing on August 17, 1980 during a camping trip to the evocative red monolith in the heart of Australia’s Outback. Her body was never found.

Her mother was jailed for murder, despite an initial inquest which backed her explanation the baby was snatched by a dingo, Australia’s native wild dog.

The convictions of Chamberlain and her then husband Michael, who was given a suspended term for being an accessory, were overturned in 1988 after the chance find of a piece of Azaria’s clothing near a dingo lair.

A third inquest in 1995 recorded an open finding, in a case that continues to fascinate the Australian public. – Agence France-Presse