On Friday (Feb. 24) a new hearing opened to determine whether baby Azaria Chamberlain was, in fact, killed by a dingo in Australia more than 30 years ago, reports the Christian Science Monitor.
Azaria disappeared from her parents’ campsite near Australia’s Ayers Rock when she was just nine weeks old and the case drew international attention when her mother claimed the baby had been taken by a dingo, one of the wild dogs that roam the Australian Outback.
In 1982, mother Lindy Chamberlain was convicted of murdering Azaria, but a later inquest into her death returned an open verdict. New evidence has emerged in recent years about dingoes threatening or causing harm to children, which was considered important enough to reopen the case.
“It gives me hope that this time Australians will finally be warned and
realize that dingoes are dangerous animals,” Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton (she’s since re-married)
told reporters after the hearing.