“The dingo took my baby!”
Meryl Streep’s famous role as Lindy Chamberlain in the 1998 film A Cry in the Dark, in which she yells “The dingo took my baby!” has been revived in the public eye again, as an Australian coroner officially determined that a dingo caused the death of Chamberlain-Creighton’s baby over thirty years ago.
Two month old Azaria Chamberlain went missing from a tent while the family was on vacation, and her body was never found.
Lindy Chamberlain always maintained that a dingo took and harmed her baby, and the first inquiry into the death in 1981 agreed with her story. However, in 1982, the case was reopened, and Lindy was tried and was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in jail.
Now after nearly 3 decades of debate, a coroner’s report has found evidence that a dingo, or dingos did take Azaria Chamberlain.
Northern Territory Coroner Elizabeth Morris found evidence from the case proved a dingo or dingoes were responsible for 9-week-old Azaria’s death and ruled that her death certificate should read “attacked and taken by a dingo”.
“What occurred on 17th August, 1980, was that shortly after Mrs Chamberlain placed Azaria in the tent, a dingo or dingoes entered the tent, took Azaria and carried and dragged her from the immediate area,” Morris said.
Chamberlain served four years of her sentence until a baby’s jacket was found near a dingo’s lair. Lindy says she is relieved that the stressful process is over.
“This has been a terrifying battle, bitter at times, but now some healing and a chance to put our daughter’s spirit to rest,” Chamberlain told reporters.
He said his quest for a death certificate that acknowledged his daughter had been killed by a dingo had seemed to be a “mission impossible.”
“This battle to get to the legal truth about what caused Azaria’s death has taken too long,” Chamberlain said.
“However, I am here to tell you that you can get justice even when you think that all is lost. But truth must be on your side.”