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Who is Angel Dugard? The True Story of Jaycee Dugard’s Daughter

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Angel Dugard is the eldest daughter of Jaycee Dugard, born after her mother was raped by her kidnapper at age 13. She gained recognition along with her mother and sister after Jaycee released her book A stolen life – a memoir, based on her struggle as a prisoner of Phillip Garrido.

Angel grew up in the prison of a physically and mentally abused mother and had a very unusual childhood. In fact, she is still under the trauma she suffered as a child. So, how is her life right now?

Well, here is a detailed account of Jaycee Dugard’s daughter Angel Dugard’s life in 2022. We will also talk about her career, relationship and much more.

Angel Dugard was born as a result of a rape

The beautiful Angel Dugard was born in August 1994 to a 13-year-old mother Jaycee, who became pregnant by her kidnapper Phillip Garrido. While Garrido is technically Angel’s father, his relationship with Jaycee was that of a prisoner and a kidnapper.

Jaycee Dugard gave birth to Angel Dugard at the age of 14

Angel’s mother was reportedly kidnapped by Garrido when she was only 11. After that, he continuously raped and abused her for years while she was imprisoned. After her pregnancy with Angel, Jaycee just got some painkillers and got to watch some birth videos, and let her deliver the baby on her own.

Angel was born in such circumstances and had a very traumatic environment to grow up in. She was not given a chance to formally attend school and instead was home-schooled by her mother.

Angel Dugard and her sister thought her mother’s abuser was their parents

Unfortunately, Angel Dugard and her sister were very young to understand what they were going through. In fact, Phillip, her mother’s abuser, made them believe that he and his wife Nancy were their parents, while their biological mother was introduced to them as their sister.

In addition, even after their rescue from captivity, the children Angel and Starlet showed attachment to Phillip for a long time. When asked about the matter in an interview, Jaycee said:

“I want them to make their own choices in life, and if that’s something they have to do, then you know I… I wouldn’t be okay with it. But I wouldn’t let them do it.”

She also revealed that she doesn’t want her daughters to get close to him, but she also thinks her daughters are sensible enough to understand what’s right for them.

Angel’s mother was kidnapped at a bus stop

In 1991, an 11-year-old girl was found missing at a bus stop near Lake Tahoe. While it was not revealed who had kidnapped her, it was later revealed that she had been kidnapped by a criminal named Phillip Garrido. This was not Garrido’s first case. He had a very abhorrent criminal background.

Angel Dugard's Mother Jaycee Dugard Was Kidnapped From a Bus Stop
Angel Dugard’s Mother Jaycee Dugard Was Kidnapped At Age 11

Before Dugard’s case, he had already spent 15 years in prison on a harassment case. According to reports, he continuously raped women in a rented storage container for 8 hours. In addition, he also married his childhood friend Christine Murphy, whom he kidnapped after she threatened to leave him for his abusive nature.

A kidnapper, serial rapist, pedophile and hebephile Phillip was also later found to be a “sexually deviant and chronic drug user” by the 1976 court.

Angel’s mom was finally free after 18 years

In 2009, Dugards were finally rescued. It all started after Phillip showed up on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley with his daughters Angel and Starlet. Phillip’s behavior and activity turned out to be quite abnormal, which made the university police suspicious when they came into contact with him.

Later, when they started investigating, it was revealed that he was a convicted sex offender on parole. In addition, the police officers also later found out that Phillip, who claimed that the children he attended within the college as his daughters, had never actually had a daughter, as stated in his previous documents filed during his previous conviction.

This prompted further investigation, which led to Phillip surrendering on August 26, 2009. He was eventually convicted of one count of kidnapping and 13 counts of assault, leading to 431 years in prison. In contrast, his wife, who was also involved in the kidnapping, was sentenced to 36 years in prison.

When asked why Jaycee never tried to escape from prison, she cited physical abuse and mental manipulation as the reason. She stated that Phillip made her believe that he would kidnap other girls in case she ran out of here, which she didn’t want to. Speaking of the same in an interview, she said:

“I have often asked myself that question. I know there was no departure. The manipulation of the mind plus the physical abuse I suffered in the beginning, there was no way out. I don’t know what it would have cost. Maybe if one of the girls got hurt,’

Angel Dugard also has a younger sister

As we said before, Angel is not Jaycee’s only child, but she also has a younger sister Starlet Dugard, who was born in 1997. Her mother was only 17 years old when she gave birth to Starlet.

Both sisters are very close, but they have kept themselves away from the media. According to the reports, the siblings are currently studying at the University of California.

Angel Mother shared her story through a book called A Stolen Life-A Memoir

After she got out of captivity, Angel Dugard’s mother decided to share her story with the world. She published a book called A stolen life after 2 years in 2011.

Angel's Mother Jaycee's Book "A stolen life"
Jaycee Dugard released her first book in 2011

Angel’s mom revealed that she wanted to share her experience because it wasn’t her fault for the things she had to go through. She shared her experience so that she would inspire other victims to stand up for themselves. Additionally, Jaycee dedicated the book to her daughter Angel and Starlet.

What is Angel Dugard doing now?

It’s been a little over a year since Angel led a normal life. After her rescue from the kidnapper, she had to undergo a lot of counseling to overcome all the trauma she endured with her sister and mother. Well, from now on she leads a happy but quiet life.

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