Dugard files complaint against federal government over kidnapping
A picture of Jaycee Dugard before she was kidnapped sits framed in her stepfather's home.
September 22nd, 2011
03:12 PM ET

Dugard files complaint against federal government over kidnapping

Jaycee Dugard filed a complaint against the federal government Thursday, seeking compensation for what she called its failures to track the man who held her captive for 18 years, a public relations firm representing her announced.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for Northern California, said Nancy Seltzer, whose Los Angeles-based firm detailed the complaint. According to a press release, the U.S. government "summarily rejected" two requests from Dugard "for private mediation in the case."

The U.S. Justice Department had no immediate comment Thursday, as it had not seen and thus did not know the details of the complaint, spokesman Charles Miller said.

Dugard was 11 years old in 1991, when she was abducted from the street in front of her South Lake Tahoe, California, home. Philip and Nancy Garrido held her and the two daughters she gave birth to in subsequent years in a hidden compound of sheds and tarpaulins.

The complaint relates to Philip Garrido, who was a registered sex offender well before authorities located Dugard and her two children, who he'd fathered, in 2009 in an Antioch, California, home. It notes that "the federal government had parole supervision responsibility" over him from the day he got out of custody in 1988 through 1999 - including the date in 1991 when she was kidnapped - after which responsibility shifted to California authorities.

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  1. gung hoe

    @ justathought you were saving your own but in helping the police ,They couldve gotten their warrant and pulled you into it choice was yours and a smart one at that

    September 23, 2011 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joe

    @raven. She's already received a 20 million dollar lawsuit from California plus a huge book deal and I'm sure soon to come a huge movie deal. I'm not Garrido so why should I have to help pay for what he did. Yes what happened was terrible but the Federal Government was not at fault in this case, besides she had many opportunities to ask for help but didn't shouldn't some of the blame also be on her?

    September 23, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • etri

      @Joe: I totally agree with you. Why do we (taxpayers) have to pay our a$$ off for the negligence of a handful of cops in northern cali???

      September 23, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe

    As much money as she's received already how about a lawsuit that demands an apology from all agencies involved instead of more money, it's not my fault what happened to her and I wasn't getting a piece so why should I have to pay for it. She claims the suit isn't about money so let her prove it otherwise her fifteen minutes of fame should be over.

    September 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. raven

    @joe: My mistake. I had heard about the book deal but not about the 20mil. I agree with you. There isnt much she couldnt do with 20 mil.

    September 23, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joe

    @raven; hope it didn't sound like I was attacking you for your comment, I was only pointing out all the money she's already received from her ordeal. I was se xually abused for several years from around the age of 7 and I didn't get any money or book deal or anything for it, enough's enough already and that was just the point I was trying to make. Again I apologize if you felt I was attacking you.

    September 23, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
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