An Australian woman named Lindy Chamberlain is officially vindicated after more than three decades in the tragic death of her daughter Azaria after a dingo snatched up the 9-week-old girl, as the coroner Tuesday declared the child’s official cause of death as a result of the dingo attack.
“We’re relieved and delighted to come to the end of this saga,” Lindy said, while the child’s father Michael said that “this battle to get to the legal truth of what happened to Azaria has taken too long.”
Lindy’s daughter was taken by the dingo during a camping trip in the outback area of Uluru August 17, 1980, and the family was first cleared by a coroner’s inquiry in the matter. But after public uproar the story was too far-fetched, Lindy was convicted on murder charges and sentence to life imprisonment in October of 1982.
She was re-tried and acquitted in 1986 after new evidence — in the form of a kid’s jacket spotted in a dingo den — was recovered.
Coroner Elizabeth Morris told the family in a statement: “Please accept my sincere apology on the death of your special and loved daughter and sister Azaria. I am so sorry for your loss.
“Time does not remove the pain and sadness of death of a child.”
Meryl Streep was nominated for an Oscar playing Lindy in 1988’s A Cry in the Dark.