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Missing Child Comes Home

Missing Child Comes Home

It’s always shocking to hear of a case where an abducted child resurfaces years later after being held captive by a kidnapper.  Jaycee Lee Dugard’s story grabbed the media’s attention earlier this week when she was found to be alive and living with the man, Phillip Garrido, who kidnapped her 18 years ago.  Dugard was just 11 years old when she was taken by Garrido on her way home from school while her stepfather watched helplessly from the window of their home.

Since then, Dugard has lived in Garrido’s backyard inside various hidden sheds and tents.  Dugard gave birth to two of Garrido’s daughters, now aged 11 and 15, who also lived in the backyard as captives with their mother.  Undersherriff, Fred Kollard, told reporters, "None of the children had ever gone to school, they had never been to a doctor, they were kept in complete isolation in this compound..."

More reports are now coming out about how this nightmare could have ended earlier.  Three years ago in 2006 someone called 911 to tip off the police that there was a mysterious woman and two children living in tents in Garrido’s backyard.  When an officer went to check it out, he only spoke with Garrido, a registered sex offender, briefly in his front yard and did not investigate the rest of the property leaving Dugard and her daughters to endure three more years of captivity.

It is also being reported that Garrido’s wife, Nancy, was also at the scene of the abduction and will face 29 felony counts along with her husband.  An article from CNN reports that the couple will face charges of kidnapping someone under the age of 14, kidnapping for sexual purposes, forcible rape and forcible lewd acts on a child.  There has been some debate over whether Nancy Garrido should face the same charges as her husband based on speculation that she may have been brainwashed as well.

What do you think of Jaycee Lee Dugard’s story?

Do you think Garrido’s wife, Nancy Garrido, should be held accountable for all of the charges her husband is facing?

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  • jemappel By jemappel
    08.30.09  

    I can't imagine the trauma and brainwashing that Jaycee went through. And I think Nancy Garrido should also be charged. It's the female accomplices that surprise me the most in these situations...how in the world do they just go along with these things? I guess they're totally brainwashed too, but they still must accept responsibility for their actions.

  • cathy825 By cathy825
    08.30.09  

    I think she should be charged as well as Phillip Garrido because she never had the heart to do anything to get Jaycee back to her family who desperately where looking for her.

  • Benwren By Benwren
    08.30.09  

    Oh my goodness, I had not heard of this case. Wow! Yes, I think his wife should be charged as well.

  • Angel6 By Angel6
    08.30.09  

    She definitely should be held accountable for the charges her husband is facing because she knew what was going on and what her husband was doing to them and could have stopped it but didn?t.

  • Angel6 By Angel6
    08.30.09  

    She definitely should be held accountable for the charges her husband is facing because she knew what was going on and what her husband was doing to them and could have stopped it but didn't.

  • balladiana By balladiana
    08.30.09  

    I definitely think the wife should be charged. She knew what was going on, and did nothing to stop it, there for she's just as much in the wrong as her husband. It's called being an accomplice. She knew of the crime, and contiued to let it happen. Such a shame. Good thing Jaycee is home and safe.

  • oatmeal7 By oatmeal7
    08.31.09  

    If her daughter is 15, she must have had the child as a 13 year old, and has never seen a doctor! I feel for those poor women! How can you move on from something like that? What would possess someone to do that to a human being, much less three?

  • Itsydaspider By Itsydaspider
    08.31.09  

    She should face the same time as her husband. There is no reason 4 her that she couldnt call the cops for help if. she knew that her man was doing a bad thing. even a crazy person knows from right from wrong. whats going to happen to Jaycee and her kids she has no job, no house, nothing but her family. those people that hurt jaycee should go to prison for life.

  • Alexmom By Alexmom
    08.31.09  

    These are some truly disturbed and sick people!! It is unimaginable that a "wife" could let something like this go on for so many years without waking up one day and seeing what a sick man she was married to! This disgusting couple has ruined the lives of so many people- not only the little girl he abducted 18 years ago, but all those that he has put through hell the last 18 years! I hope that Jaycee and her 2 poor daughters will someday find a way to recover from the terrible trauma these monsters have put them through!

  • bgkgdw1 By bgkgdw1
    08.31.09  

    I can't imagine what that poor girl had to endure all these years. I am just glad they finally found her and her two daughters. I think that the officer that went to check on them 3 years ago should be fired.

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