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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    the cops were to busy eating donuts instead of solvong crimes... or to stupid...

    September 22, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    I think she is right in filing & asking for compensation for the years she was left with this man and to have under gone all those years of fear and torture also think by way of this lawsuit, the police department & all the other teams of cops, FBI and others who tried in vain to locate Jaycee will learn something from this and implement better policy & procedures to help find and remove other children from the horrible people out there. I don't think the agencies that were responsible for finding this child deliberately dropped the ball. The officers or anyone for that matter would not widh this on anyone. I'm sure the police officers and other agencies are happy Jaycee Dugard is filing charges, they know she deserves and should be given all the financial, physical, social, spiritual support. She is indeed a strong woman and her children, are he angels that will keep her sane! •Mary•

    September 22, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Typical California would sue the holes in Swiss cheese...

      September 22, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sandi2

    This lawsuit is crap – hope it gets thrown out. Shame on you Jaycee.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jazzzzzzzz

    I found out Monday morning that I have Parkinson's Disease. I'm so scared.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jester & jackal

    This is what happens when you have an understaffed overworked government organization. They can't do everything. I wonder why not sue the neighbors of het captors. I'm pretty sure they must have seen what was going on.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jimmy

    I sure hope you are kidding Jazzzzzzzz. At least it isnt the big C. It is way scary.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jimmy

    If you arent we will sure be sending prayers and positive thoughts your way.

    September 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. yada

    I will keep you in my prayers, Jazzzzzzz. Hopefully they will find a cure soon.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    Jazzzzzz doesn't have Parkinson's. She's just fine.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. yada

    Is cnn asleep or what?

    September 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. wally

    Thats good. Its terrible when our friends arent well. Jazzzzzzzz has funny post sometimes.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. spot

    I have the mainge. woof woof.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Yada and jimmy:
    I'm talking to her right now. She's fine! I promise!

    September 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. yada

    Was that a troll, banasy? If it was, what a lowdown dirty thing to do!

    September 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. yada

    Thank you banasy. So glad she is allright.

    September 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
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