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Accused: Trial in the Outback explores the famous 1980 trial of the mother who claimed a dingo had attacked her baby – but where is Lindy Chamberlain now? Lindy shouted the now famous words "a dingo's got my baby" during a camping trip to Uluru with her husband Michael and their other children. To this day, Lindy maintains that she saw a dingo leave the tent where Azaria was sleeping. Thirty-two years after Azaria disappeared, a fourth inquest into her death confirmed she'd died as a result of a dingo. Lindy pictured here with baby Azaria at her christening (Credit: C5) Reagan and Aidan Chamberlain at the Uluru campsite before the death of their baby sister (Credit: C5) Leave us a comment on our Facebook page @EntertainmentDailyFix. SHAKING with shock, Lindy Chamberlain stood beside a small tent and screamed for help in the desert darkness, yelling: "The dingo's got my baby!" Seconds earlier the family, on a camping trip at Uluru, Australia, had been enjoying a barbecue with friends when they had heard nine-week-old Azaria give a short, sharp cry.
15 Lindy Chamberlain with baby Azaria on the Australian tourist site Uluru AKA Ayers Rock Credit: Michael Chamberlain courtesy of NMA When mum-of-three Lindy went to check on her newborn that fateful night in August 1980, she saw a dingo - a wild Australian dog - emerge from the tent and run into the darkness. Forty years on a new documentary Accused: Trial in the Outback, which airs on Channel 5 tonight, examines the witch hunt that followed Azaria's death and the devastating impact of the miscarriage of justice on Lindy, husband Michael and their three surviving children. 15 The couple's sons, Reagan, four, and Aidan, seven, outside the family's tent Credit: Michael Chamberlain courtesy of NMA 15 Lindy, now 72, appears in the Channel 5 documentary Accused: Trial in the Outback As 32-year-old Lindy climbed out of the car in the scorching desert heat of the Northern Territory, she spotted a dingo staring at her from the top of Uluru - AKA Ayers Rock. Clutching her baby daughter close to her chest, the mum-of-three watched as her four-year-old son Reagan, excited by the sight of the wild dog, began shouting and running as he tried to get a better view. Lindy and Michael, a Seven Day Adventist pastor, were excited to be on a family camping trip with Reagan, his older brother Aidan, then seven, and their new arrival Azaria, and were soon settled into the campsite with a group of friends around them.
15 Baby Azaria was just nine weeks old when the family went on the trip Credit: Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton But the following night, on August 17, 1980, they were sitting in the barbecue area when Michael - and many of the other campers - heard a cry come from the tent where baby Azaria and Reagan were sleeping. Michael asked Lindy to check on the baby but, as she approached the tent, she saw a dingo and began running. 15 The proud dad holds his baby daughter on the famous rock Credit: Michael Chamberlain courtesy of NMA "There was a pool of blood on Reagan's mattress and (friend) Sally Lowe saw it when she went over because one of the kids started to cry," Lindy tells the documentary. Chillingly witness Judy West, who stayed at the camp with the children, recalls shocked seven-year-old Aidan telling her, "The dingo's got our baby in its tummy." 15 Aidan and Reagan beside the family car during the trip to the red sand desert Credit: Michael Chamberlain courtesy of NMA Overwhelmed by the press attention and accusations, Michael revealed he was not able to properly grieve for his loss and, heartbreakingly, he told a friend: "The saddest thing for me is that I can't remember what Azaria looked like." In December 1980, an inquest heard that rangers in the Uluru area had reported dingo attacks just two weeks before the baby disappeared. Smarting from criticism of their investigation, and worried that fear of dingo attacks would damage tourism, the Northern Territorial authorities set about proving Lindy killed Azaria. Lindy was arrested on suspicion of murder, in September 1982, with husband Michael charged with accessory after the fact. 15 Lindy and husband Michael leave the court at Alice Springs in February 1982 Credit: Getty - Contributor I'm so glad I was in front of him so he didn't see anything but for years we didn't know that he blamed himself for not zipping up the tent," says Lindy. 15 Lindy with baby Kahlia, born while she was on bail in November 1982 Credit: Michael Chamberlain courtesy of NMA Lindy Chamberlain story timeline August 17, 1980 – Lindy Chamberlain discovered her daughter Azaria missing from their family tent during a camping trip at Uluru in the Northern Territory. December 1980 – An initial inquest supported Lindy and Michael Chamberlain's claims their daughter was taken by a dingo. September 1982 – Lindy was charged with Azaria's murder and Michael was charged with being an accessory after the fact. 1988 – Lindy and Michael were acquitted of Azaria's death by the Supreme Court and their convictions were overturned. 2012 – A fourth inquest was held and the coroner ruled that a dingo did in fact take Azaria from the family's campsite. Lindy Chamberlain: The extraordinary story of baby Azaria's death explored in Channel 5's Trial in the Outback The first episode of this two-part series will be shown on Channel 5 this evening The extraordinary case of Lindy Chamberlain, the woman who claimed that a dingo (Australian wild dog) ran off with her baby 40 years ago, will be examined in a new two-part documentary. Accused: Trial in the Outback explores the infamous 1980 trial of Chamberlain, who was falsely accused of murdering her nine-week-old baby, Azaria Chamberlain, during a family camping trip in the Australian Outback. Michael and Lindy Chamberlain arrive at the Alice Springs courthouse during the second inquest into the disappearance of their baby daughter, Azaria Chamberlain, in 1982 (Photo: Nigel McNeil/Fairfax Media via Getty Images) Alice Lynne "Lindy" Chamberlain is a New-Zealand born woman who was wrongly convicted of killing her baby in one of Australia's most publicised murder trials. Lindy and her family were members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and she married an Adventist pastor, the New-Zealand born Michael Chamberlain, in 1969. When Azaria was two months old, the family went on a camping trip to Uluru, arriving on 16 August 1980. On the night of 17 August, Lindy reported that Azaria had been taken from their tent by a dingo. Home portrait of Lindy Chamberlain with her son, Reagan, and her daughter, Kahlia (Photo: Patrick Riviere/Getty Images) In September 1982, Lindy Chamberlain was charged with Azaria's murder. Lindy was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole, while Michael received a three year suspended sentence as an accessory to murder. Five days later, Lindy was released from prison and her life sentence was remitted by the Northern Territory Government. Lindy and her husband, Michael, were officially pardoned in 1987, and their convictions quashed by the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory in 1988.