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Abducted Jaycee Dugard getting to know family again

Jaycee Dugard remembers her family and is enjoying getting to know her younger sister, who was a baby when Dugard was kidnapped 18 years ago, her aunt says.

Jaycee Dugard remembers her family and is enjoying getting to know her younger sister, who was a baby when Dugard was kidnapped 18 years ago, her aunt says.

Tina Dugard, an aunt of Jaycee Dugard, holds a photo of Jaycee while reading a statement in Los Angeles Thursday. ((Jae Hong/Associated Press))
Tina Dugard spoke Thursday to reporters at the FBI's Los Angeles office, describing her niece's reunion with her mother and sister.

"The smile on my sister's face was as wide as the sea. Her oldest daughter is finally home," she said.

Phillip and Nancy Garrido have pleaded not guilty to kidnapping, rape and imprisonment charges related to Dugard's 1991 abduction from South Lake Tahoe. Police say Garrido fathered Dugard's two daughters and kept them in a backyard encampment of tents and sheds in Antioch, Calif.

Tina Dugard said her niece's daughters, ages 11 and 15, appeared to be bright and educated, even though they did not attend school.

"Jaycee did a truly amazing job with the limited resources and education that she herself had, and we are so proud of her," she said.

This family photo provided by Carl Probyn shows his stepdaughter, Jaycee Lee Dugard, who went missing in 1991. ((Associated Press))
The family's location has been a closely guarded secret since the 29-year-old woman reappeared last week. She was 11 when she was abducted.

Dugard said the family has been spending time "in a secluded place reconnecting."

"I was with them until recently. We spent time sharing memories and stories  and getting to know each other again," she said. "Jaycee remembers all of us. She is especially enjoying getting to know her little sister, who was just a baby when Jaycee was taken."

"Not only have we laughed and cried together, but we've spent time sitting quietly taking pleasure in each other's company," she said.

Dugard took no questions from reporters and did not comment on the investigation into her niece's abduction. A spokeswoman for the family said they would have no further public comment for now.

With files from The Associated Press

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