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Coroner Blames Dingo for Baby's Disappearance 32 Years Ago


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A coroner has sided with an Australian couple who long maintained that their baby was snatched and killed by a dingo.

The coroner ruled Tuesday in a fourth inquest, finding that a wild dog known as a dingo carried the 9-week-old girl way from the tent at the family’s campsite in 1980, report the Globe and Mail, CNN and the Associated Press.

The case against the child’s mother, Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton, transfixed Australians and spurred a movie starring Meryl Streep. Chamberlain-Creighton served three years in prison before her conviction was overturned.

At the time, there had been no documented cases of similar attacks by dingoes. Since then the dogs have been blamed for three fatal attacks on children, AP says.

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