Jaycee Dugard and Mother Terry Probyn's Impact Statements
Mother Terry Probyn read Jaycee Dugard's statement on her behalf.
June 2, 2011— -- Jaycee Dugard was just 11 when she was abducted by Phillip and Nancy Garrido while waiting for the school bus in 1991. She spent 18 years, prosecutors have charged, living in squalor in tents and sheds in Garrido's backyard. At Thursday's hearing, Phillip Garrido was ordered to spend the rest of his life in prison.
Dugard was not present at the hearing. Her mother, Terry Probyn, read her daughter's statement on her behalf at the hearing. It was Dugard's first public statement since her rescue 22 months ago.
Read their full statements below.
Jaycee Dugard's Impact Statement
"I chose not to be here today because I refuse to waste another second of my life in your presence I've chosen to have my mom read this for me.
Phillip Garrido, you are wrong. I could never say that to you before but I have the freedom now and I am saying you are a liar and all of your so called theories are wrong. Everything you have ever done to me has been wrong and someday I hope you can see that.
What you and Nancy did was reprehensible. You always justified everything to suit yourself but the reality is and always has been that to make someone else suffer for your inability to control yourself and for you, Nancy to facilitate his behavior and trick young girls for his pleasure is evil. There is no God in the universe that would condone your actions. You called yourself an "honest man" but these are just words to you. They were your tools of choice and you wielded them with brute force.
To you, Phillip, I say that I have always been a thing for your own amusement. I hated every second of everyday of 18 years because of you and the sexual perversion you forced on me.
To you, Nancy, I have nothing to say.
Both of you can save your apologies and empty words. For all the crimes you have both committed I hope you have as many sleepless nights as I did.
Yes as I think of all of those years I am angry because you stole my life and that of my family. Thankfully I am doing well now and no longer live in a nightmare. I have wonderful friends and family around me. Something you can never take from me again. You do not matter any more."
Terry Probyn's Impact Statement
I am Terry Probyn and my oldest daughter is Jaycee Lee Dugard. On May 3rd, 1980, at 10:52 at night, Jaycee was born, my precious little baby daughter. Healthy and happy to be here. A true miracle and certainly, a gift from God. All 6 pounds, 4 ounces, she was mine to love, to nurture, to take care of. She was a part of me. My pride and joy. Blonde hair, blue eyes, my sweet baby girl. She would smile and coo and my whole world lit up. I lived and breathed for that baby. She is what life is worth living for.
We had some rough times, as any new mother would attest to. When her belly hurt and she couldn't sleep at night, we would rock in the rocking chair for hours on end, and I would sing to her… You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, you make me happy when skies are gray, you'll never know dear how much I love you, please don't take my sunshine away.
No matter how bad that sounded, it was what soothed her and that is all that mattered. We grew together for eleven years, my warm embrace, my devoted attention, our unconditional love for each other. I protected her innocence and her purity. She was sweet and kindhearted. A gentle, quiet, compassionate soul. Together forever, bonded for life, a little mini me...