Inside Jaycee's Tent: a Wii, and Squalor

Pics show hints of domesticity amid trash and dirt
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2009 12:47 PM CDT
Three temporary tents are set up next to a shack in the backyard of a home in Antioch, Calif. where authorities say kidnapped victim Jaycee Lee Dugard lived.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Photos of the backyard and tents where Jaycee Lee Dugard and her children lived reveal a small slice of normalcy amid appalling squalor, CBS News reports. The yard that Dugard’s meticulously dressed girls emerged from is littered with piles of trash and rusting bikes. But inside, where there was electricity, evidence of a computer was found. And among the Danielle Steel romance novels and Christmas decorations there was even a Nintendo Wii game console, People reports.

A source tells People the interiors of the tents held frightening questions. “In one tent there was a mattress against one of the walls,” but another held a “5 or 6 foot high cage with a tennis ball inside it. I don’t know if it was for dogs or people who’d done something wrong.” The source says the loamy earth of the backyard smelled putrid. Click the CBS News link below for the photos.