Jaycee: 'A Real Innocence in Her Eyes'

Friends say Dugard adjusting well to new life with mom, daughters
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2009 8:22 AM CDT
Jaycee Dugard is shown in the bottom right corner of this Hello! cover.   (Hello!)
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(Newser) Hello! magazine offers another glimpse at kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard as an adult, riding horseback and posing with mother Terry Probyn. Sources close to the family say Dugard is bonding with her mother and 19-year-old half-sister, and that Dugard’s two “smart, playful” daughters—who were always told she was their sister—now know she is their mother, the Telegraph reports.

“Meeting her, if you didn't know what happened, you would never guess in a million years,” one friend says. “She's friendly, she jokes, she's a sweet girl and very kind. She also has a real innocence in her eyes.” Another says of her daughters, “Because of the unconditional, protective love she showed them when they thought she was their big sister, it's more a case of switching titles—the love is still there.”