Thursday Jun 24 2010
Jaycee Dugard's dad suing for contact
By: Penne Usher Telegraph Correspondent
The El Dorado County District Attorney had strong words for kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard’s biological father. Kenneth Slayton has reportedly filed a lawsuit against Dugard to “establish parental relationship.” “Frankly, it’s disgusting,” said District Attorney Vern Pierson. “First, a man abducted and then forced himself upon Jaycee for 18 years. Now, her biological father seeks to force himself upon Jaycee using his attorneys and the legal system.” Dugard was kidnapped at a bus stop near her home in South Lake Tahoe on June 10, 1991, and wasn’t found until her alleged captors, Phillip and Nancy Garrido, brought her and two children into a police station in Concord, according to authorities. She spent 18 years in a ramshackle tent compound in the backyard of the Garridos’ Antioch home. Dugard and her two daughters, reportedly fathered by Phillip Garrido, have yet to make a public appearance. In 1991, authorities reportedly contacted Slayton regarding the disappearance of 11-year-old Dugard, who showed little to no interest in the disappearance of his biological daughter. “From what it sounds like to me, this man is trying to latch on to the story, to the tragedy,” said Tom Miller, 51 of Placerville. “He wants his 15 minutes anyway he can get it." Slayton is now making an attempt to establish a relationship with Dugard, now 30 years old. “It’s a sad commentary on our society that a man who professes that all he wants is to love and protect her, and damn it, he’ll sue her for the right to do it,” Pierson said in a statement released to the media. Nancy and Phillip Garrido have pleaded not guilty to 29 felony counts of kidnapping, rape, sexual assault and false imprisonment.