Tuesday, Dec. 08, 2009

Finding Jaycee Dugard

The story of Jaycee Dugard raised disturbing questions about both Stockholm syndrome and California's parole system, but it also rekindled hope that other long-missing children may be found alive. Dugard was 11 years old when she was abducted as she was walking to her school bus in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. When she was finally found 18 years later, in Antioch, Calif., she was the mother of two girls, the first born to her when she was 14, the second when she was 18. Dugard had been living with Phillip Garrido, a registered sex offender who had somehow gotten his parole status terminated in 1999, eight years after he allegedly kidnapped the girl. Garrido and his wife Nancy, who kept Dugard and her children in a makeshift hut in their backyard, face charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment and rape. They pleaded not guilty. Dugard, who kept her silence, readjusted to her new existence with her mother and half sister. Her children apparently were doing well in their first days in school.