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.FULL STORY
Jaycee Dugard’s memoir about her 18 years of captivity at the hands of Phillip and Nancy Garrido sits atop Amazon.com’s best-seller list and sold 175,000 copies Tuesday, the first day it went on sale.
“A Stolen Life” set a company record for one-day e-book sales at 100,000 downloads, which were included in Tuesday’s total sales, according to Simon & Schuster. It said 425,000 copies have been printed.
"Clearly, the book has touched a nerve. The millions of people who read the excerpt in People magazine and watched Jaycee Dugard's interview with Diane Sawyer want to hear more of her voice, on the page, and the comments we're seeing online indicate that readers are finding inspiration in Jaycee Dugard's strength and resilience," the publisher said. Dugard gave birth to two children during her captivity in California.
Jaycee Dugard vividly remembers the morning 20 years ago when she was kidnapped. A car crept up behind her as she walked to the bus stop for school.
"I didn't think it was weird at the time, but it kind of pulled in close to me," she told a grand jury in September 2010, according to redacted transcripts released today. In them she describes her encounters with her convicted captors Philip and Nancy Garrido.
She was asked for directions. In a flash, her life took a turn that would change her forever.
Dugard would go from an 11-year-old, blue-eyed, freckle-faced blonde to a 29-year-old with two children - all while she was kept locked away in a backyard compound of sheds and tarps owned by Garrido. The couple both pleaded guilty to avoid a trial, where Dugard would have to publicly testify and describe the nearly two decades she spent in captivity. Philip Garrido was sentenced this week to 431 years in prison. His wife Nancy got 36 years for Dugard's kidnapping. Dugard’s description of the events comes from grand jury testimony in the case against the couple. It is the first time she Dugard has told in full detail what happened during her kidnapping.
Dugard told the grand jury about the exact moment her walk to school turned into 18 years of captivity.
"All of a sudden his hand shoots out and I feel tingly and like losing control, and I'm in the bushes, trying to go back, and somebody is dragging me," she said.
She felt as if her body wouldn't work - like she had no control, according to the transcripts. Then she found herself inside a car on the floorboard with someone putting pressure on her body.
"I could feel the pressure. I could feel legs moving," she said.
She remembers the sound of the car door slamming. She was offered a drink and then heard a man laughing.
"I can't believe we got away with it," she recalls the man, Philip Garrido, saying.
Covered with a blanket, hot, and nervous, Dugard remembers pleading with her captors to release her.
"I kept telling him that, you know, 'I don't know why you're doing this. If you're holding me for ransom, my family doesn't have a lot of money.' "
Dugard said at one point she "lost control of her bladder and then blacked out."
At one point he said they were going to walk - he would lead the way, and she would hold on to him and follow.
Led by Garrido, she walked with a blanket over her head and wearing only a towel and no shoes to the building where she was held.
That would only be the beginning of her torturous 18-year ordeal in the Antioch, California, compound.
[Updated at 1:15 p.m.] Nancy Garrido was sentenced to 36 years to life in prison for her role in the kidnapping and sexual assault of Jaycee Dugard, Garrido's attorney said Thursday.
She and her husband, Phillip Garrido, held Dugard captive from the time the girl was 11 until she was 29.
Phillip Garrido also is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in an El Dorado County, California, court.
The married couple pleaded guilty in late April in El Dorado Superior Court to the kidnapping and sexual assault of Dugard, whom they held captive from age 11 until she was 29.
They abducted Dugard when she was 11, and held her in a hidden compound on their home's grounds in Antioch, California.FULL STORY
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Dietary guidelines: First lady Michelle Obama and several other officials will unveil a new food icon Thursday to replace the food pyramid, the symbol that showed us what a healthy diet looks like.
The new symbol "will serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices," the White House said.
Obama will be joined by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin during the event at the auditorium in the Department of Agriculture.
A statement released by the Department of Agriculture said the new icon will be "an easy-to-understand visual cue to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits." An individual familiar with the new guidelines told CNN last week the new icon will be a plate.
The move is part of Obama's push to fight childhood obesity.
Garrido sentencing: Two decades after kidnapping Jaycee Dugard in front of her California home, Phillip and Nancy Garrido will be sentenced to life in prison Thursday.
The married couple pleaded guilty in late April in El Dorado Superior Court to the kidnapping and sexual assault of Dugard, whom they held captive from age 11 through age 29.
They abducted Dugard when she was 11, and held her in a hidden compound on their home's grounds in Antioch, California.
Dugard was snatched from the street in front of her home in South Lake Tahoe, California, in 1991. Authorities found her in 2009.
Phillip Garrido, a registered sex offender on parole at the time of his arrest, is accused of fathering two daughters with Dugard during her captivity.
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Jaycee Dugard, who was held captive for 18 years after her kidnapping by a California couple at age 11, will release a memoir telling "the full story of her ordeal" this summer, the book's publisher said Monday.
Dugard's "A Stolen Life," due in stores July 12, will cover the period from her 1991 abduction to the present, publisher Simon & Schuster said.
"In her stark, compelling narrative, she opens up about what she experienced, including how she feels now since she was found," the publisher said in a news release.
A plea deal for Phillip Garrido, charged with the alleged kidnapping and rape of Jaycee Dugard, a young California girl held captive from ages 11 until 29, was canceled Thursday, according to his wife's attorney.
Philip and Nancy Garrido have confessed to their role in the kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard, the woman's court-appointed attorney, Stephen Tapson, told reporters Monday.
The northern California couple is accused of abducting Dugard when she was 11 years old and holding her captive for 18 years.FULL STORY
Criminal proceedings against Phillip Garrido will be put on hold until a determination is made as to whether the California man is competent to stand trial, a spokeswoman for El Dorado County Superior Court said.
A hearing has been set for October 8, when an expert will be appointed. Garrido did appear in court today.
Garrido and his wife, Nancy, are accused of kidnapping 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard in 1991 and holding her captive in their Antioch home for 18 years. Parole officers visiting the home of Garrido, a convicted rapist, saw and spoke to Dugard but never questioned why she was there, California officials disclose in newly released documents that figured in the settlement.
The state of California recently signed a $20 million settlement with Dugard.
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A court hearing is scheduled Thursday in the case of a northern California couple accused of abducting Jaycee Dugard and holding her captive for more than 18 years in a ramshackle backyard compound.
Phillip Garrido, 58, and his wife, Nancy, 54, are charged with 29 felony counts in the kidnapping of Dugard, who was 11 when she was snatched in 1991 from the street in front of her house in South Lake Tahoe, California.
The couple have pleaded not guilty.
The hearing, scheduled for 1 p.m. (4 p.m. ET) at the El Dorado County Superior Court, is a procedural matter about witnesses in the case.
Authorities say the Garridos held Dugard in a hidden compound behind their home for 18 years. She was 29 when she was found in August at the Garridos' home in Antioch about 120 miles from her house.