Friday, September 23, 2011

Jaycee Lee Dugard Files Suit Against Government for 18-year Captivity

Sam Cohen
A girl held captive for 18 years, enduring horrific abuse and neglect, filed a complaint against the United States Government.
The complaint filed on behalf of Jaycee Lee Dugard does not seek a specific amount for the circumstances she endured, but rather asks a judge to make a settlement decision after a case is presented.
Dugard was kidnapped in 1991 from her South Lake Tahoe street when she was 11 years old. She was then held captive and repeatedly abused at the Antioch home of Phillip and Nancy Garrido. Dugard had two daughters during her 18-year captivity, fathered by Garrido.

Phillip and Nancy Garrido pleaded guilty to kidnapping and assault charges earlier this year.

According to a release from attorneys representing Dugard, she has tried to set up private mediation with Government officials in this matter, but those requests were denied. They filed the lawsuit with the Federal Government because they ultimately had parole supervision responsibility over Phillip Garrido when he was released from jail in 1988 until the State of California assumed responsibility in 1999. It was during this time that Dugard was kidnapped.
California parole agents had responsibility of overseeing Garrido’s case from 1999 until Dugard was discovered in 2009. Dugard reached a $20million settlement with California for the alleged negligence State agencies committed that resulted in the abuse to continue and Dugard to remain captive.
The release Thursday morning also says Dugard is not seeking the money for herself; 100% of whatever money she is awarded will be donated to the JAYC Foundation, Inc., which was established to provide support and services for the timely treatment of families recovering from an abduction or trauma.
The settlement Dugard received from California was split amongst her and her two daughters, plus covered legal fees.
Click on the image below for photos from the Garrido home shortly after Dugard was discovered in 2009.

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