Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped as a child and forced to give birth to two children during her 18 years in captivity, told ABC New's Diane Sawyer that she did what she had to do to survive. Dugard, now 31, was eleven years old when she was kidnapped in 1991 in front of her South Lake Tahoe, California home.
Phillip and Nancy Garrido locked Dugard and her two children in a hidden compound of sheds and tarpaulins. She was discovered in 2009.
Dugard told Diane Sawyer that There's a switch that I had to shut off. She added, I can't imagine being beaten to death, you know? And you can't imagine being kidnapped and raped, you know? So, it's just, you just do what you have to do to survive.
Phillip Garrido shot Dugard with a stun gun on her way to school. Duggard said that Phillip laughed about it with his wife, saying I can't believe we got away with it.
Dugard gave birth to her daughter at 14 -years-old in the Garrido's backyard. She told ABC News that she did not know that she was in labor. She went on to say, She was beautiful. I felt like I wasn't alone anymore. I had somebody that was mine ... And I knew I could never let anything happen to her.
Phillip Garrido received a sentence of 431 years in jail last month after he pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping and 12 counts of sexual assault. His wife Nancy Garrido received 36 years to life in prison for her own perversion.