(March 5) — Jaycee Dugard is in the spotlight again, but this time it’s on her own terms.
Tonight ABC will air home videos that show the 29-year-old kidnapping victim alive, well and at home with her family six months after she emerged from her captivity.
The video is a public plea for privacy. On the tape, Dugard’s mother, Terry Probyn, says that while she wants to share her “miracle with the world,” she cannot put the pieces of her family back together while they are being hounded by the press. “What my family needs is privacy during our healing process,” she says.
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