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State investigating whether parole agency failed Jaycee Dugard

September 30, 2009 |  8:32 am

California's inspector general is reviewing whether lapses in the state's parole system allowed Jaycee Dugard's alleged kidnapper to go undetected for 18 years, a spokeswoman said.

Phillip Garrido is accused of snatching Dugard when she was 11 from outside her South Lake Tahoe home. Since his arrest, officials have revealed he was being monitored by the state parole system for years and had at least five parole officers.

Some have questioned why none of the parole officers discovered the backyard prison where Garrido allegedly kept Dugard at his home in Antioch.

“We all are shaking our heads, saying the same thing: 'How did this happen?”'  Laura Hill, spokeswoman for Inspector General David Shaw, told the Orange County Register.

Garrido is charged with kidnapping Dugard outside her South Lake Tahoe home in 1991, when she was 11. She resurfaced last month, along with two daughters allegedly fathered by Garrido.

"We're not so much focused about what one parole officer did wrong, but what went wrong," Hill told the Associated Press.

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