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Governor approves $20 million for Jaycee Dugard

July 9, 2010 |  4:13 pm

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a $20-million settlement Friday for kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard, who had been held captive for 18 years by a paroled rapist.

The settlement had been recommended by the state Department of Justice, which said in a recent report that state parole agents had spoken with Dugard and her eldest daughter, allegedly fathered by her abductor, Phillip Garrido, while they were in captivity.

"The failure to discover Ms. Dugard before 18 years had elapsed is tragic," the report states.

Dugard, now 30, was abducted from her South Lake Tahoe neighborhood on the way to school in 1991. While in captivity, she gave birth to two daughters, now 12 and 15.

The family was rescued in August 2009 after authorities were alerted by a UC Berkeley police officer who became suspicious as Garrido and the two girls passed out fliers on campus. Garrido and his wife, Nancy, have both been charged criminally.

Dugard and her daughters had filed claims with the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board, a precursor to filing a lawsuit against the state. The $20 million payment signed Friday settles those claims.

-- Shane Goldmacher in Sacramento