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Lindy Chamberlain: A dingo did kill baby Azaria

Published: 9:55AM Thursday August 19, 2010 Source: ONE News/AAP

Thirty years after one of Australia's most enduring mysteries a new inquiry has started into the disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain.

Azaria's mother, Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, has always maintained it was a dingo that took the nine-week-old from the family tent at an Uluru campsite on August 17, 1980.

While Azaria's body has never been found, the fresh inquiry follows a call by Mrs Chamberlain-Creighton to have Azaria's death certificate to be changed to confirm a dingo or feral dog was responsible.

The cause of Azaria's death is currently listed as unknown.

A Victorian couple, who camped near the Chamberlains at the campsite, said they are in no doubt that a dingo was to blame for the baby's disappearance.

The couple helped the family look for the missing Azaria at the time but they said they had to wait six weeks to be interviewed by territory police.

"I think if the police had seen the people around them at the time, it (the dingo) would have never taken off," said witness Max Whitaker.

"For some reason they were obsessed with proving her (Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton) as guilty, although they had no evidence," he said.

The first of three coronial inquests into the death found it was likely a dingo took Azaria, but indicated there was possible human intervention.

The second inquest resulted in the Chamberlains being committed to stand trial.

Mrs Chamberlain-Creighton spent three years in jail for the murder of her daughter.

The charges against her were quashed in 1986 when Azaria's clothing was found near a dingo's den and a royal commission headed by Justice Trevor Morling found the conviction was "unsafe".

The third and final coronial inquest delivered an open finding.

Although the Northern Territory government has never formally apologised to Mrs Chamberlain-Creighton for her wrongful conviction, it did pay her $A1.3 million in compensation.