Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Dingos in Dock over Baby That Vanished in Outback

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Dingos in Dock over Baby That Vanished in Outback

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Byline: Oliver Poole

A CORONER in Australia today opened the fourth inquest into the 1980 death of a nine-week-old baby whose parents say she was taken by a dingo from her tent in the outback.

Azaria Chamberlain's mother Lindy was convicted and later cleared of murdering her and has always maintained that a wild dog took the baby. She and her ex-husband, Michael Chamberlain, hope that fresh evidence they have gathered about dingo attacks on children will convince Northern Territory Coroner Elizabeth Morris.

Anne Lade, a former police officer hired by the court to investigate the case, told the inquest that since Azaria disappeared, there had been numerous dingo attacks on humans, some of them fatal. Rex Wild, a lawyer assisting the coroner, described several of the attacks. "Although it (a dingo killing a child) may have been regarded as unlikely in 1980 ... it shouldn't be by 2011/12," he said. "With the additional evidence in my submission, your honour should accept on the balance of probabilities that the dingo theory is the correct one. …

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