Jaycee Dugard Set to Sue Calif.
Kidnap victim, her mother seek damages for parole lapses
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2010 8:24 PM CST
People magazine, featuring Jaycee Dugard on the cover, is for sale Oct. 16, 2009.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Jaycee Dugard and her mother have filed claims against California’s Department of Corrections, seeking unspecified (but exceeding $25,000) financial damages for suffering they endured due to lapses by parole and other officials overseeing Philip Garrido, the man charged with abducting then-11-year-old Dugard and holding her captive for 18 years. Legal observers tell KCBS-AM that the move is a likely precursor to lawsuits.

In another development today in the case, a judge ruled that Garrido and his wife, Nancy, will be allowed two brief phone conversations. Officials had denied the calls, the AP reports, citing a burden on staff; the judge agreed with lawyers’ contentions that the Garridos should be allowed to discuss the case, Dugard, and the two young girls Philip Garrido fathered during her captivity.