Jaycee Dugard releases home video

March 5, 2010 at 2:57 PM
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NEW YORK, March 5 (UPI) -- Jaycee Dugard has released a home video showing her life in a secret location in California, ABC News reports.

The footage, to be broadcast Friday night on ABC's "20/20," is Dugard's first public statement about her life since she was found last year, 18 years after she was allegedly abducted. She thanks the public for supporting her and asks to be allowed to maintain her privacy.

Prosecutors say Dugard was abducted at the age of 11 in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., by Phillip and Nancy Garrido and kept in captivity in their backyard in Antioch in the San Francisco area. Phillip Garrido allegedly sexually assaulted her repeatedly, fathering two children with her.

The video shows Dugard with her mother, Terry Probyn, and her half-sister, Shayna, but not her two young daughters. The three adults are shown baking Christmas cookies and riding horses.

"Hi I'm Jaycee. I want to thank you for your support and I'm doing well," Dugard says, as she feeds two spaniels. "It's been a long haul, but I'm getting there."

Terry Probyn says the family needs to be away from the "prying eyes" of the news media.

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