Australian officials’ final ruling: Did dingo eat her baby?

Posted at 5:52 PM, Jun 12, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-12 18:37:29-04

AUSTRALIA (WTVR) - It's taken 32 years, but the most famous legal battle in Australian history, involving a mother, her baby, and a dingo has finally come to a close.

9-week-old Azaria Chamberlain disappeared from a remote campsite in the Outback in 1980. Her mother, Lindy, claimed she saw a wild dingo drag the baby from their tent. But many were skeptical, saying dingos are skittish and unlikely to approach humans.

Lindy Chamberlain was convicted and served three years in prison before being cleared of her daughter's murder. But it was only this week that a newly released coroner's report officially ruled that it was in fact a dingo that ate baby Azaria.

"Obviously, we're relieved and delighted to come to the end of this saga," said Lindy Chamberlain after the report was released.

Lindy's story gained international attention when actress Meryl Streep portrayed her in the 1988 film, "A Cry in the Dark".