Jaycee Dugard Says Giving Birth Gave Her Hope
In an exclusive interview with ABC News host Diane Sawyer, kidnap survivor Jaycee Dugard talks about how giving birth to her first daughter, locked up and alone, gave her a purpose.
"I was still locked up at that time, and I was scared," Dugard, who was 14 at the time, told Sawyer. "It was very painful, but then I saw her. She was beautiful."
The 31-year-old continued, "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. I didn't know how I was going to do that, but I did."
Dugard's mother, Terry Probyn, also opened up to Sawyer, revealing her anguish over not saying goodbye the day Jaycee was taken... because she was late for work. "I chose not to go in and kiss my girls goodbye that morning. I wanted to be on time. For 18 years, I kicked myself for not kissing my baby goodbye."
Terry added, "But it's a good lesson, you know, take a minute for your kids. Do that extra thing, it may be an inconvenience to you, but it's important to them."
Watch Diane Sawyer's exclusive interview with Jaycee on Sunday, July 10, at 9:00 PM on ABC.