Kidnapping victimJaycee Dugard is suing the U.S. government, saying federal authorities should have been more closely monitoring Phillip Garrido, the man who abducted her.
Garrido, a convicted rapist who was on parole when he kidnapped Dugard in 1991, held her captive for 18 years.
Though parole agents were supposed to be supervising Garrido at his home in Antioch, Calif., from 1991 to 1999, they never detected Dugard’s presence there during that time, the complaint states. Dugard, 31, who gave birth to two of Garrido’s children during the years she was held captive, was not freed until 2009.
Dugard is suing the government for an undisclosed amount and says she will donate 100 percent of any money she receives to the nonprofit she founded, The JAYC Foundation, Inc., which helps abduction victims and their families.
One year ago, the state of California agreed to pay Dugard $20 million after she sued the state for failing to adequately supervise Garrido.
Garrido and his wife, Nancy, are serving life sentences after pleading guilty to the kidnapping.
BY LIZ RAFTERY