Invisible Children

Jaycee Dugard and 2 Daughters

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

Jaycee Dugard
Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped from her home town of Lake Tahoe, on June 10, 1991. She was held captive by previously convicted kidnapper Phillip Garrido at his home in Antioch, California. Jaycee was kept handcuffed, locked in a bolted room, and then confined to a backyard surrounded by an 8 foot fence. Garrido sexually assaulted her and created pornography of her, all the well psychologically abusing her. Jaycee had two daughters as a result of Garrido’s assaults, the first born in 1994 and the second born in 1997. Jaycee and her daughters lived in a makeshift tent in the backyard, where Jaycee homeschooled the two girls. Garrido claimed to be able to control sound with his mind and was the leader of what he called “God’s Desire Church.” While they were tightly controlled by Garrido, Jaycee and her daughters were sometimes seen answering the door, playing in the backyard, or as passengers in Garrido’s car. On August 24, 2009, Garrido, accompanied by his two daughters by Jaycee, visited a University of California, Berkeley, police office to request permission to hold a “God’s Desire” program on campus. The girls said they were homeschooled. Concerned at Garrido’s erratic behavior and the girls’ unusual behavior, Berkeley’s special events manager, Lisa Campbell, and Officer Ally Jacobs ran a background check on Garrido and learned that he was a registered sex offender out on federal parole. They called the parole office with their concerns, and two parole agents visited Garrido’s home the same day. Garrido was arrested and Jaycee and her daughters were reunited with her family.

Date: August 2009
Location: Antioch, California

Documents: Date:
Kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard
Kept in Captivity: Kidnap Victim Lives to Tell 2009-09-02
Jaycee Dugard: “I’m so happy to be back with my family” 2009-10-15