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Sun, 14 Apr, 2019Basmah Qazi

Lindy Chamberlain speaks out about giving birth in prison

Lindy Chamberlain speaks out about giving birth in prison

Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton is now 71 years old. And appearing on the fourth season of Anh’s Brush With Fame, in what is considered a rare occasion, Lindy described the moment she gave birth to her fourth child while in prison – only a month after she was wrongfully sentenced for the death of her daughter, Azaria.

“I knew the moment she was born they were going to take her off me. So every moment of the birth I fought it, (it was) like, ‘Keep her inside, she’s yours, the minute she’s out, she’s not’,” she told Do.

Her daughter Kahlia was born in Darwin hospital, in what Lindy says was an incredibly painful experience.

Almost 40 years ago, Lindy’s nine-week-old daughter Azaria vanished during a family camping trip to Uluru in August 1980.

The baby’s body was never located, and despite her claims that a dingo had taken her child, Lindy was sentenced to life behind bars in 1982 for Azaria’s murder.

While she was fortunate to not spend an eternity behind bars, the 71-year-old still resided in prison for three years before being acquitted.

Sitting down with Do, Lindy said that she is grateful for the experience, as it has made life better for other Australians.

“If I hadn’t gone through all that, we wouldn’t have the laws that we’ve got in Australia right now, we’ve got independent forensic science now as a result of that trial.

“If I’d been let out at the time, if I’d been found not guilty at the trial, we wouldn’t have those laws,” said Lindy.

She said it was her faith that got her through tough times.

“To me, I was never a victim, because I knew I had a clear conscience and God knew I had a clear conscience, so it doesn’t matter what anyone else believes because me and God knew the truth,” she revealed.

The mother-of-three was released after the discovery of vital evidence. In 1986, an Englishman died while climbing Uluru, and came to rest near a matinee jacket – the item of clothing Lindy described Azaria to be wearing during her disappearance.

After four inquests and government inquiries into how the young girl died, Lindy was exonerated in 2012 and received $1.3 million in compensation from the Australian government.

The full episode of Lindy’s appearance on Brush With Fame will air on the ABC on April 24th.