Lawyer: Dugard has mixed emotions
SAN FRANCISCO – The lawyer for a Northern California woman found alive 18 years after she was kidnapped said Thursday his client has mixed emotions surrounding the arrest of her alleged captors, but realizes “some bad and terrible things were done to her.”
Jaycee Dugard was 11 when police say Phillip and Nancy Garrido kidnapped her in South Lake Tahoe, then allegedly held her captive. Police say the couple raped Dugard, now 29, and Phillip Garrido fathered her daughters. The Garridos have pleaded not guilty.
Attorney McGregor Scott told CBS’ “The Early Show” on Thursday that Dugard will likely testify against the Garridos when the time comes.
“I think she very clearly understands that some very bad and terrible things were done to her, and the people that committed those crimes need to be held accountable, and her participation with law enforcement is essential for that to happen,” Scott said.
But for now, she, her girls and mother are all getting psychological help and working on basics, like getting birth certificates for her daughters, now 11 and 15.
Scott said the family remains within what Dugard’s mother has described as a “zone of privacy and security.” In a statement to media Wednesday, Terry Probyn said the family is doing very well under the circumstances. They were reunited Aug. 27.
Probyn said she hopes her family’s story will focus attention on all missing children.
The statement from Probyn came after a 63-year-old man who claims he is Dugard’s biological father asked during a Wednesday Los Angeles news conference for a private meeting with Dugard .
Ken Slayton was accompanied by attorney Gloria Allred, who said Slayton wants to arrange a meeting with Dugard and a confidential paternity test.
“He wants nothing from her,” Allred said. “What they really want to do is love her.”
Allred said Probyn and Slayton had dated for about a month in 1979 when Probyn became pregnant. Probyn never told him she had the baby, Allred said.
A spokeswoman for the Dugard family said they have not been contacted by Slayton since Dugard was found.
“This all comes as a big surprise,” spokeswoman Erika Schulte told The Los Angeles Times.
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