In an excerpt from Jaycee’s memoir ‘My Stolen Life,’ the brave mom of two describes her first night in captivity, the moment she discovered she was pregnant at 14 and going into labor while alone and locked away from the world.
Brave Jaycee Dugard, now 31, also explains how she survived the mental and physical torture of her EIGHTEEN YEARS in captivity and why she never tried to escape the clutches of evil Phillip and Nancy Garrido.
Jaycee was shot with a stun gun and snatched away by Garrido on June 10, 1991, when she was just 11-years-old. In her book, she recounts her first night in captivity vividly, describing how Garrido forced her to shower with him before locking her up for the first time.
- “I say my family doesn’t have a lot of money, but they would pay a ransom to get me back. He looks at me and smiles and says, ‘Really? He leads me into a new room. He takes a blanket off my head, and I see a bunch of blankets on the floor. He reminds me of the dogs outside that don’t like trespassers and says to them I would be a trespasser. He says he has to put handcuffs on me, but that they have fur on them so they won’t hurt too much. Then he is gone. The tears start again. I cry myself to sleep alone.”
Phillip Garrido began raping Jaycee a week after she was first kidnapped. Within three years she was pregnant.
- “Easter Sunday 1994, Phillip says he and Nancy have noticed that I’d been putting on weight and waddling instead of walking. They said, ‘We think you may be pregnant.’ I was stunned and scared. What was going to happen to the baby? How can I possibly raise a baby in this place? But every time I feel the baby kick, I feel less alone in this world.”
And the Garridos forced her to go through a painful labor alone and locked in her room.
- “I have been having sharp pains all day. Is this what it feels like to have a baby? I am so scared! No one has come to check on me all day and the door was still locked, so I had to wait until someone comes.”
When she was ready to give birth, Phillip Garrido delivered their baby, after watching birthing videos to teach himself!
- “My baby girl came into the world at 4.35 am, August 18, 1994. I am fourteen years old and very, very scared. Recounting that day, I can’t believe it was me that went through this. How did I not just go insane with worry? How do you get through things you don’t want to do? You just do. I would do it all again. The most precious thing in the world came out of it… my daughters.”
When Jaycee gave birth again, to her second daughter, three years later — Phillip told her his wife Nancy felt left out, and the girls were told to call her “mommy.” Jaycee had to pretend to be their older sister!
She still felt a maternal bond with her daughters and reveals it was her fears for them that stopped her trying to escape.
- “Phillip gave me this image of the world as a scary place made up of pedophiles and rapists. One of the reasons I stayed was I wanted my kids to be safe. I knew they were so safe in the backyard; I didn’t have to worry about anyone taking them.”
In time, Phillip started taking Jaycee and the girls out of the house — and she prayed someone would recognize her and rescue them.
- “I remember being really nervous when we went out. I stuck close to Phillip and kept my eyes averted from everyone. I had no voice and I didn’t shout to the world, ‘Hey, it’s me, Jaycee!’ even though I longed to. I could never shake the feeling that one day someone would say, ‘Hey aren’t you that missing girl?’ But nobody did. I was nobody. Nobody saw me. Phillip would say it was angels protecting us.”
Her nightmare ended in August 2009 when the Garridos’ secret was discovered and Jaycee was reunited with her mom!
- “I was nervous about the reunion. For the longest time I couldn’t remember what my mom looked like. But there she stood, with arms wide open. She was smiling and crying and she put her arms around me and I felt so safe and whole again.”
Will you watch the interview and read the book?
— Ian Garland
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