This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.
This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.
Jaycee Dugard, Free After 18 Years Held Captive, Tells Her Story
Jaycee Lee Dugard never knew that she was in labor when she had the first of her two daughters at age 13. The South Lake Tahoe woman was abducted on the way to school in 1991 at age 11 and lived for 18 years in the backyard of Philip and Nancy Garrido in Contra Costa County.
Dugard's mother, Terry Probyn, revealed what she said in regards to Jaycee in witness testimony at the Garrido trial (the statement was sealed by the judge). "I could hear her crying, not with my ears, but with my heart. I could feel her pain, not with my body, but again with my heart. Completely unbearable and debilitating."
After 18 years, Dugard was finally freed in August 2009. The FBI knew where she was and she had about a dozen chances to escape in hindsight but was too scared -- understandably so. Now 31, she's enjoying iiving free with her mother and two daughters. She spoke with Sawyer in Ojai in advance of the release of her memoir, A Stolen Life, which is out Tuesday.
Last month, Phillip Garrido, a 60-year-old convicted rapist, was sentenced to 431 years in prison and his 55-year-old wife, Nancy, was sentenced to 36 years to life.