Feb. 24 - The 32-year-old case of whether a dingo killed baby Azaria Chamberlain may finally be closed as an inquest in Australia hears new evidence. Sunita Rappai reports.
It was a case that captured the attention of the world - and Hollywood. Was nine-week-old Azaria Chamberlain, whose body was never found, killed by a dingo here in the dusty Australian outback 32 years ago as her parents claimed - or did they murder her? SOUNDBITE) (English) BABY AZARIA'S MOTHER, LINDY CHAMBERLAIN, SAYING: "I ran out of the tent. I said to Michael, a dingo's got the baby." A first inquest supported the parents' account but that verdict was overthrown in 1982 when Lindy Chamberlain was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. But a royal commission overturned the conviction in 1987 after new evidence was found supporting the Chamberlain's' claims - though one more inquest in 1995 returned an open verdict. Today, a fourth and hopefully the final inquest begins in Australia in response to new information provided by the parents on dingo attacks on children. Lindy Chamberlain - now Chamberlain-Creighton - says she hopes the new evidence will finally resolve the case and help other parents. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BABY AZARIA'S MOTHER, LINDY CHAMBERLAIN-CREIGHTON, SAYING: "Australians will finally be warned and realise that dingoes are a dangerous animal." Court officials say it could take several days before the decision is made public. Sunita Rappai, Reuters