He kept them hidden for 18 years

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Kids of kidnap victim ‘starved of information’ by father
He kept them hidden for 18 years
September 04, 2009 Print Ready Email Article

THE President of the United States? What’s that?

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IMPRISONED: Jaycee Lee Dugard was held for 18 years. PICTURE: AP

The daughters of Jaycee Lee Dugard, the woman who was kidnapped for 18 years, have no clue of life outside the tents they called home, said California state officials.

The girls, 15, and 11, were ‘starved of information’ by their father, according to police.

They have never watched TV and have no concept of maths, geography and history, reported the Sun.

The girls’ father, Phillip Garrido, 58, kidnapped their mother when she was 11 in 1991 and started having sex with her when she was 14.

Jaycee, now 29, and her children, were kept in squalid conditions in the backyard of Garrido’s home which he shared with wife Nancy, 54.

Garrido and Nancy were arrested last week and charged with 29 felony counts of rape and kidnapping.

Both girls are now being counselled by psychologists and have been moved to a safe house in San Francisco with Jaycee’s mother, Ms Terry Probyn and their aunt, Ms Tina Dugard.

A detective at the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department told The Sun: ‘They are both intelligent kids but they are very naive about the real world.

‘They have never watched TV and have no concept of maths, geography and history or anything outside their town of Antioch. They have never heard of the President of the US or anything about the wider world.’

Psychologists are trying to keep their lives as close to what it was when they lived in tents in a backyard, and are even feeding them the same food they had.

The detective added: ‘They are being given TV microwave dinners and their favourite meatloaf meals. They have never had fizzy drinks so they get cooled water, which is what they are used to.

‘The girls have never seen TV before and the TV in the house where they are staying has been removed. They all sleep in the same room, as they did in the compound behind Garrido’s house.

‘With every day, the (younger girl) becomes more lively but the (elder one) is quiet and appears very shy.’

First victim speaks up

Meanwhile, Garrido’s first kidnap victim has come forward to describe her ordeal.

She has thought about him every day since that day in November 1976 when he asked her for a ride at a supermarket in California. He then handcuffed her, bound her and took her to a mini-warehouse in Reno, Nevada, where he raped her.

He was jailed 50 years for this but was released after 11 years on parole.

Ms Katie Callaway Hall said she trembled for four hours when she heard Garrido was arrested for kidnapping Jaycee.

She said the mention of his name sent a flurry of emotion running through her mind, reported CNN.

‘I screamed,’ she told CNN’s Larry King on Monday night.

‘I started screaming ‘Oh my god, Oh my god, it’s him’.’

She said: ‘I can’t imagine what Jaycee is going through. He had me for 8 hours. He had her for 18 years.

‘I was an adult, with instincts that helped me deal with the situation. She was a child.’

Ms Hall said Garrido’s arrest took her mind back to that night in November.

‘A man tapped on my window and asked for a ride,’ she said. ‘I agreed.’

‘Soon after, I was cuffed, bound, gagged, and taken to a warehouse,’ Mr Hall told CNN.

She was kept in the 2m by 3.5m storage facility, which Ms Hall remembers was stacked with half-opened boxes with china-type dishes inside.

She said she feared for her life.

Ms Hall said she was held there for five hours before she heard a noise.

Someone had banged on the door and Garrido had opened it and gone outside.

Ms Hall charged through the door, and when she saw that it was a policeman, she screamed for help.

Garrido was arrested.

Ms Hall said that night changed her life forever.

‘For years, I walked around like a zombie,’ she said.

‘He changed my life in an instant… Being victimised is something that only a victim can understand. I hate that he did this to me, and I doubt I’ll ever get over it.’

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