Seven years after they were finally freed from kidnapper Phillip Garrido, Jaycee Dugard and her two daughters seem to have found some sense of normalcy. Sadly, photographers followed Jaycee and her girls during a quiet family outing. This was the first time that Angel Dugard, 21, and Starlit Dugard, 18, have been seen since escaping Phillip and Nancy Garrido‘s horrific backyard prison with their mother in 2009.
Jaycee, Angel and Starlit were spotted window shopping and grabbing lunch and dessert near their Northern California home sometime in July 2016, by the National Enquirer. Jaycee spoke to 20/20 on July 8 and discussed how she was able to survive her horrific ordeal. Jaycee was kidnapped in 1991 when she was just 11 years-old, and raped repeatedly for the 18 years she was held prisoner in a delaptitated backyard shack.
She gave birth to Angel when she was only 14, and Starlit when she was 17 after being raped by Phillip. She didn’t let her daughters grow up knowing that she was being held captive; they thought she was their sister until their rescue. She told host Diane Sawyer on 20/20 that she was horrified by the gross allegations that she had Stockholm Syndrome — that she stayed with Phillip for 18 years because she had fallen in love with him. “It’s disgusting. I adapted to survive my circumstances. There is just no other way to put it.”
Jaycee released her memoir, Freedom, at the beginning of July, which devotes a small portion to how her daughters are doing seven years later, and how they got to this point. Both girls are off to college, and are thriving. Jaycee explained that she doesn’t speak more about the girls in the book because “they deserve their own stories.”
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