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Jaycee Lee Dugard expected to testify in kidnapping case

Jaycee Lee Dugard is likely to testify in the criminal trial of Phillip Garrido, the man accused of kidnapping her and holding her in captivity for years, her attorney said.

McGregor Scott said Dugard is slowly recovering since being found last month but that the issue of telling a jury what happened to her has come up.

"I'm confident in saying that, if this case does proceed to trial, Jaycee will, in all likelihood, be a witness for the prosecution," he told CBS News. "She's aware of that and understands that."

Scott added: "I think she very clearly understands that some very bad and terrible things were done to her, and the people that committed those crimes need to be held accountable, and her participation with law enforcement is essential for that to happen."

Meanwhile, Ken Slayton, who says he's the biological father of kidnap victim Jaycee Lee Dugard, pleaded with the girl's family today for a reunion and paternity test. Slayton, 63, appeared with Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred at her Miracle Mile office Wednesday afternoon, where both read prepared statements.

Allred said Slayton had dated Dugard's mother, Terry Susan Probyn, who went by her middle name, for about a month in 1979 when she became pregnant, but she never told him she had the baby. When he later learned through friends that she had given birth, Slayton was unable to locate Probyn, Allred said.

A spokeswoman for the Dugard family said they have not been contacted by Slayton since Jaycee was found. "This all comes as a big surprise," spokeswoman Erika Schulte said.

After Dugard was kidnapped at age 11 from her South Lake Tahoe neighborhood in 1991, FBI officials contacted Slayton, but he was not involved in the search, Allred said. Dugard was found by police last month after living for 18 years with Phillip and Nancy Garrido, who have been charged with kidnapping and raping her.

"I have had many nightmares over the years wondering if I could have done more to find Susan and the baby," Slayton said through tears. "Now that she has been found, I want her to know that our hearts are open to her and we long to be the loving, supportive and normal family to her and her children that she has not had for 18 years."

-- Shelby Grad and Molly Hennessy-Fiske

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Comments () | Archives (11)

You have to be kidding me, I cant believe what people will do for publicity and money$$...

Its obvious this guys who thinks is the biological father wants money for Interviews. He disapears for years and doesn't even participate on the serch for Jaycee, and now he comes along and wants to get a paternity test, its ridiculous... what good will it do for Jaycee to know if this is her real father or not, shes never probably even heard of him! Just let this poor girl be and let her enjoy her new freedom!

I can understand why the father would like to meet and see his daughter. I would thing with would be at a time when Jaycee, with the support of her Doctors, wanted to do this.

Oh my gosh, this poor girl. Aside from my mother and sister, I'd tell everyone to take ten steps back and wait until I'm ready for the world.

This doesn't even include the 1000 unrelenting calls from producers of Larry King, Today, GMA and all the rest.

Where does Gloria Allred find these people?

That bio dad is a nut job! If he had any concern for this child, he would not try and introduce more craziness into her life. Let it be. Let her heal. Leave her alone.

Figures Gloria Allred would stick her nose into the situation. She is one ambulance chasing sob.

Hasn't this young woman been through enough? I don't think this is the time to now throw a sudden biological father whom she's never met into the mix. She doesn't need additional family drama and to hear how her mother hid her from her father. I understand if he wants to be there for her, if that's truly the case, but it's just poor timing.

What did Slayton do in the past 18 years? I bet he sleep well every night. He is now thinking about the $$$ from movie/book deal or any source of money might be coming to Jaycee.

Oh, brother!
First, I'd presume that due to Jaycee's age, meeting this stranger is totally her option! Personally, I hope a test would prove she IS NOT his biological daughter. Its fairly obvious that his primary interest in her and her daughters, is a financial one and I'd hate to see a dead-beat father benefit from this tragic situation after the years he chose NOT to be a part of her life! The last thing this young woman needs is another stranger to invade her newfound peace! He needs to go back under his rock!

Jaycee already has too many fathers, so now this Slayton character has to get into the act. Where was he when he should have been paying child support before the kidnapping? Sure, let him have his little reunion, just make sure he pays Terry back child support for 11 years and pays 7 years worth child support to Garrido's defense.

The best and most loving thing Ken Slayton could do for this family is to leave them alone- the circumstances make it appear he's a bit opportunistic...


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