Kidnap victim gets millions from state for 18 years in captivity
Jaycee Dugard, who was held captive and abused by kidnappers for 18 years, will get 20 million dollars in damages from California, the state Assembly agreed Thursday, dpa reported.
Dugard, now 30, had filed claims against the state for negligence, failure to discharge a mandatory duty and infliction of emotional distress, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Authorities were monitoring her alleged kidnapper and abuser Phillip Garrido, who was on parole during much of the time Dugard was being held in his backyard.
Garrido and his wife Nancy allegedly abducted Dugard in 1991 and kept her in a ramshackle tent hidden in the back yard of the suburban house in Antioch, California. Garrido is alleged to have repeatedly raped Dugard, fathering her two daughters. Both the Garridos have pleaded not-guilty to 29 felony charges stemming from the case.
Dugard and her two daughters born in captivity - Angel 15, and Starlit, 11 - were freed last August after a campus security officer became suspicious when their alleged captor Phillip Garrido took them with him to pass out religious pamphlets at the University of California, Berkeley.