ST LOUIS(LALATE) – A dingo killed Baby Azaria Chamberlain, a Coroner ruled Monday in Australia. The dingo was determined Monday to have killed the two month old girl thirty years ago. The case became the basis of the film, A Cry in the Dark, the 1988 motion picture with Meryl Streep. For mother, Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, Monday’s ruling finally brought closure.
In 1980, Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton claimed that Australian culture was adamant that dingos were not dangerous creatures. The mother of three went on vacation in central Australia.
During one day of their trip, the dingo came into the family’s tent and took Azaria’s body. The body was never recorded, but clothing with DNA and blood were recovered.
One year later, a local court ruled that a dingo had taken the baby and killed her. But then the Supreme Court overruled the decision. From there, mother Lindy Chamberlain was charged with murder.
By 1982, Chamberlain was found guilty. But four years into her jail sentence, she was released after new evidence was obtained. Prosecutors then began the current investigation.
In a news statement, Elizabeth Morris, coroner for Northern Territory, ruled Monday “The cause of her death was as the result of being attacked and taken by a dingo. Dingos can and do cause harm to humans.”