A 32-year legal mystery surrounding death of baby Azaria Chamberlain, which was made famous by the 1988 film starring Meryl Streep A Cry In The Dark, has finally been settled.
An Australian corner has ruled that the child was stolen by a dingo.
Azaria’s parents, Lindy and Michael Chamberlian, have always maintained that a Dingo, a wild dog native to Australia, made off with their nine week old daughter.
Lindy Chamberlain served three years for murder. Her father, Michael Chamberlain, was given a suspended sentence for being an accessory. Both were exonerated in 1987 but Azaria’s official cause of death remained undetermined until now.
“Obviously we are relieved and delighted to come to the end of this saga,” Lindy Chamberlain, told reporters outside the court.
“This has been a terrifying battle, bitter at times, but now some healing, and a chance to put our daughter’s spirit to rest,” Michael Chamberlian added.
Northern Territory Coroner Elizabeth Morris found evidence from the case proved a dingo or dingoes were responsible for Azaria’s death and ruled that her death certificate should read “attacked and taken by a dingo.”