Angel Dugard is the eldest daughter of Jessie Dugard, who was born after her mother was raped by her captor when she was just 13 years old. She, along with her mother and sister, became well known after Jessie published A Stolen Life – A Memoir, a book describing her struggles in the captivity of Phillip Garrido.
Growing up in prison with a physically and mentally abusive mother, Angela had a very unusual childhood. In fact, she still feels the trauma of her childhood. What is her life like now?
Here is a detailed description of the life of Jaycee Dugard’s daughter Angela Dugard in 2022. We’ll also talk about her career, relationships, and more.
Angel Dugard’s Birth Was A Result of A Rape
The beautiful Angel Dugard was born in August 1994 to 13-year-old mother Jessie, who was impregnated by her captor Philip Garrido. Although Garrido is technically Angel’s father, his relationship with Jaycee was that of a captive and a kidnapper.
Garrido reportedly kidnapped Angela’s mother when she was only 11 years old. He then continuously raped and abused her for years while she was in prison. After her pregnancy with Angela, Jessie was simply given painkillers, shown some videos of the birth, and left to deliver the baby on her own.
Born under such conditions, Angela’s growth was very traumatic. She had no formal schooling and instead was home-schooled by her mother.
Angel Dugard and Her Sister Thought Her Mother’s Abuser was Their Parents
Unfortunately, Angela Dugard and her sister were very young to understand what they were going through. In fact, Philip, her mother’s abuser, made them believe that he and his wife Nancy were their parents, while their biological mother was referred to as their sister.
Moreover, even after their release from captivity, the children Angel and Starlet showed a long-lasting attachment to Philippe. Asked about this in an interview, Jesse said,
“I want them to make their own choices in life, and if that’s something that they need to do, then you know I’d … I wouldn’t be OK with it. But I wouldn’t let them do it.”
She also revealed that she does not want her daughters to get close to her, but she also believes that her daughters are intelligent enough to understand what is good for them.
Angel’s Mom Was Kidnapped From A Bus Stop
In 1991, an 11-year-old girl was found missing from a bus stop near Lake Tahoe. Although it was never revealed who kidnapped her, it was later discovered that she had been abducted by a criminal named Philip Garrido. This was not Garrido’s first case. He had a very troubled criminal past.
Before the Dugard case, he had already spent 15 years in prison for a harassment case. He reportedly raped women continuously for 8 hours in a rented storage container. He also married his childhood friend Christine Murphy, whom he kidnapped after she threatened to leave him because of his violent nature.
A kidnapper, serial rapist, pedophile, and hebephile, Philip was also later found to be a “sexual deviant and chronic drug addict” in a 1976 court ruling.
Angel’s Mother Was Finally Free After 18 Years
In 2009, Dugard was finally rescued. It all started after Phillip started showing up at the University of California, Berkeley campus with his daughters Angela and Starlet. Philip’s behavior and activities were observed to be quite abnormal, which aroused the suspicions of the college police when they began to communicate with him.
Later, when they started to investigate, it was discovered that he was a convicted sex offender. In addition, the police also later found out that Philippe, who claimed that the children he attended college with were his daughters, never actually had any daughters, as indicated in the documents he submitted during his previous criminal record.
This led to further investigations, which led to Philip’s surrender on 26 August 2009. He was eventually convicted of one count of kidnapping and 13 counts of sexual assault, resulting in a sentence of 431 years imprisonment. The wife, who was also involved in the kidnapping, was sentenced to 36 years in prison.
Well, when asked why Jaycee never tried to escape from prison, she cited physical abuse and mental manipulation as the reason. She claimed that Philip made her believe that he would kidnap other girls if she escaped from there, which she did not want to do. In an interview on the subject, she said,
“I’ve asked myself that question many times. I know there was no leaving. The mind manipulation plus the physical abuse I suffered in the beginning, there was no leaving. I don’t know what it would have taken. Maybe if one of the girls were being hurt,”
Angel Dugard Also Has a Younger Sister
As we mentioned before, Angel is not Jaycee’s only child, she also has a younger sister, Starlet Dugard, born in 1997. Her mother was only 17 when she gave birth to Starlet.
The two sisters are very close, but they have stayed away from the media. As reported, the siblings are currently studying at the University of California.
Angel Mother Shared Her Story Through a Book named A stolen Life-A memoir
After emerging from captivity, Angel Dugard’s mother decided to share her story with the world. Two years later, in 2011, she published a book called Stolen Life.
Angel’s mother revealed that she wanted to share her experience because she was not guilty of any of the things she had to go through. She shared her experience to inspire other victims to speak up for themselves. In addition, Jaycee dedicated the book to her daughters Angel and Starlet.
What is Angel Dugard Doing Now?
It has been just over a year since Angel has been living a normal life. After her release from her kidnapper, she had to go through a lot of counseling to overcome all the trauma she endured with her sister and mother. From now on she lives a happy but peaceful life.
Quick Facts About Angel Dugard
|Full Name||Angel Dugard|
|famous as||daughter of Jaycee Lee Dugard|
|Age||28 years old as of 2022|
|Date of Birth||August 1994|
|Place of Birth||United States of America|
|Parents||Jaycee Lee Dugard, Phillip Craig Garrido|