Jaycee Dugard Sues Feds Over Handling Of Abductor

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Attorneys for Jaycee Dugard filed a complaint Thursday against the United States government for what she alleges was negligent supervision of then-parolee Phillip Garrido, her kidnapper and captor for 18 years who fathered her two children.

The complaint, filed in federal court in San Francisco Friday morning, states that the federal government had supervision over Garrido, a convicted sex offender, from his release from federal prison in 1988 until 1999, when the state of California assumed responsibility for his supervision.

The state already agreed in July to pay Dugard and her two daughters a $20 million settlement.

The U.S. government has rejected two previous requests by Dugard for private mediation, according to her spokeswoman, Nancy Seltzer.

Seltzer said Dugard, who is now 30, is not seeking to enrich herself by suing the government, and plans to donate any money awarded to the JAYC Foundation, an organization that provides supportive services to victims of kidnappings and other traumatic experiences.

Garrido kidnapped Dugard in 1991 as she was walking near her home in South Lake Tahoe. He and his wife, Nancy Garrido, held Dugard captive in the backyard of their home outside of Antioch.

Phillip Garrido is now serving a 431-years-to-life term in state prison while Nancy Garrido is serving 36 years to life following the couple’s sentencing in June.

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  • Riobo

    Yeah just get mor money huh

    • Erik Diaz

      Did you read:

      Seltzer said Dugard, who is now 30, is not seeking to enrich herself by suing the government, and plans to donate any money awarded to the JAYC Foundation, an organization that provides supportive services to victims of kidnappings and other traumatic experiences.


    • Roger Craig

      The new Stimulus package…

  • Rob

    She deserves anything she gets. She was robbed of her childhood and subjected to cruel and unusual punishment at a very young age.

    • Roger Craig

      Even at the expense of her 2 children….

      • vanderbilt

        The system failed her and her family. They should pay and maybe next time they will do their jobs. How many social workers were sent to that home, even were called by neighbors. How is it at the expense of her children???? This money can never make up for what she went through, but it can help her now have an easier life for her children.

  • Everette

    sounds like this young lady is being manipulated by her attorneys, she probably believes she is doing a service to turn this into a worhy cause and help other people. I would have to say good for her on this but there is a twist, her manipulaters “attorneys”, are they giving out there thirty percent or so to a charity of there choice. I really doubt it lining thewre chest and watching for more ways to scam the taxpayer out of there money cause that is who gets stuck with the bill. No matter how great the cause.

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  • beth

    I would not donate it all to your organization Jayc. The 20 million you got from California was not enough for you and your family. Look what you have gone through Jaycee. Look what your Mom and daughters have gone through.

    I think that the Federal government should match Californias.

  • Roger Craig

    It all boils down to money. It is the Attorneys that are wanting more money, If she really cared about her daughters she has enough to move and start life anywhere on this planet and give he children some peace instead of putting them in the news…

  • Jason Pfister

    I’m disgusted that people actually think Jaycee’s wrong (Roger Craig and Riobo in particular) by demanding answers in the form of a long anticipated lawsuit. Let’s face it…these crooks watched as incompetent parole officers searched their entire house as their obligation under federal law. None of them ever though to check out back to notice this innocent young woman held in captivity like a dog?

    Jaycee, you take the feds to task and do whatever you want with that money! It’s shameful some would believe your seeking justice equates to promoting self interests. Let’s see how Roger and Riobo would respond had they lost 20 years on account of sickening offenders’ perverse desires in conjunction with idiotic federal officers

    • Pat Ford

      I agree with you Jason. Total incompetance!!!

    • lisa

      Parole officers saw her and her daughters in the house and belived the stories she was forced to tell why she was there. They never investigated it even though he was on parole for rape and wasn’t suppose to have and girls in his home. I read her book and it gives alot more detail then what the media is telling people in the news. I agree with your comment also. Well said.

      • Jason Pfister

        The legal field’s supposed to employ experts able to tell when someone’s embellishing a story, especially if “residing” at a sex offender’s home. One look in her eyes would be all it could take for someone masterfully understanding body English how this “stay” amounted to a sad, degrading predicament taking from her the worst gift of all: a simple life. It’s no different than a judge able to discern truthful responses as they weed out unrealistic claims. No different standards shall exist on others sworn to uphold the law, including federal officers

  • idk

    We taxpayers and the taxpayers of the other 49 states shouldn’t have to pay for some criminal’s actions and the lack of actions by the parole officers because we had no control over this, we were never involved, yet we still get blamed. Plus, our tax money should be for things that we, the society can benefit or use, not a certain individual. What happened to her is horrible, but trying to “milk it” just makes her look greedy.

  • Lisa

    I recently read her book that she wrote about her kidnapping. It was hard to read that and can’t imagine ever going through it. The governement did fail her and she deserves anything she can get. She is seeking to donate it to a foundation she created to help other people overcome similar experiences she had with couseling and therapy. After all she has been through she is still thinking of others. Hope she is able to get every penny she seeks.

  • anonymia68

    Given what this poor girl endured, I’m amazed that anyone would judge her. It’s too easy to spout off behind your computer. Walk a mile in her shoes. She’s not an opportunist.

  • 2DPoint

    If ever a case that needs to be filed against the government, then it’s this one.
    Whether she was advised by attorneys or not, this woman’s life was mostly stolen from her and she was abused in unimaginable ways. Law enforcement repeatedly did a shabby job in rescuing her. Time for accountability.

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