Jaycee Dugard’s First Words to Her Mother: ‘Hi Mom, I Have Babies’
August 29, 2009
(ChattahBox)—As more facts emerge to fill in the past 18 years of Jaycee Dugard’s life spent in captivity with a registered sex offender, additional questions arise adding to the mystery of her deplorable circumstances. Over the course of nearly two decades, Jaycee’s step-father says that his little girl who was snatched off the street when she was just 11-years-old, became to view her captor as more of a husband than a kidnapper.
Phillip and Nancy Garrido yanked the blond blue-eyed girl with a sprinkling of freckles across her cheeks, from the sidewalk as she walked to the school bus stop in Lake Tahoe in 1991, and forced her into their vehicle never to be seen again until this week. After 18 long years and presumed dead, Jaycee Dugard now 29, emerged alive with two daughters, 11 and 15 fathered by Garrido.
Mixed with the joy and happiness of finding their daughter alive is the horrifying reality of her life for the past 18 years. Jaycee and her two children were kept captive in squalid conditions in a hidden backyard in makeshift tents and shacks. They never went to school and never saw a doctor.
Psychologists predict a long road ahead for Jaycee and her daughters to integrate into normal society. For Jaycee and her parents the path to healing will be more complex and fraught with emotional wounds, both hidden and visible.
When Jaycee was first reunited with her mother, her first words were, “Hi, Mom, I have babies.”
Jaycee’s stepfather Carl Probyn explained, “She is feeling guilt for having bonded with this guy the way she did.” “He had her for 18 years, we had her for 11, Probyn added.
According to court records, Jaycee was raped within a month of her kidnapping and gave birth to her first child when she was just 14-years-old. The sexual relationship continued through her childhood and involved both Phillip and Nancy Garrido. It’s not clear if Nancy Garrido physically participated in the rapes, but it’s clear she aided and abetted and had knowledge of the crimes against Jaycee.
Jaycee never told her children that she was kidnapped. “Jaycee has strong feelings with this guy. She really feels it’s almost like a marriage,” said Probyn.
Authorities say that Jaycee renamed “Allissa” met with customers of Phillip Garrido’s printing business, where she was introduced as his daughter. Customer Ben Daughdrill said, “Allissa” was “the design person, she did the art work, she was the genius.”
Phillip and Nancy Garrido appeared in court on Friday, pleading not guilty to 29 felony counts, including forcible rape, forcible lewd acts on a child, kidnapping of a child under 14, kidnapping for sexual purposes and false imprisonment by violence. They face multiple life sentences if convicted.
In a gruesome turn of events, authorities armed with a warrant, searched the Garrido’s house and grounds on Friday, for evidence that Phillip Garrido may have been involved in a string of unsolved serial killings of prostitutes in the area in the 1990s.
Adding to the horrifying circumstances of Jaycee’s kidnapping, were new reports of police visits to the Garrido home, after complaints from neighbors about children living in the backyard. On multiple occasions, authorities visited the home and did not follow up with an investigation that could have led to the rescue of Jaycee and her daughters, several years ago.
Contra Costa Sheriff Warren Rupf issued a public apology to the victims for the mishandling of police visits to the home. “I offer my apologies to the victims and accept responsibility for having missed a chance to rescue Jaycee,” said Rupf.
Little is known about her two daughters beyond their ages and that they both have blond hair and blue eyes. When a campus police officer at the University of California-Berkeley saw the two unusually quiet, withdrawn and pale girls with Phillip Garrido, she sensed immediately that something was amiss.
One girl had what was described as having a bump on her eye, which the girl told the campus police officer was a birth defect. When asked why they weren’t in school the girls said they were home schooled.
The two campus police officers are now being hailed as heroes for alerting Phillip Garrido’s parole officer to the existence of the two girls, which resulted in a mandatory parole interview for the registered sex offender and the discovery of Jaycee Dugard.
Meanwhile, a 29-year-old woman hidden in a shack in her captor’s backyard for 18 years with no formal education past the age of 11, no medical care and repeatedly raped by Phillip Garrido, must now come to grips with all that’s happened to her.
Jaycee’s stepfather said that she “expressed some regret, like guilt when she saw her mother, that she hadn’t escaped.”