Starlite and Angel, the two daughters Jaycee Lee Dugard had with her accused kidnapper, Phillip Garrido, were “starved of information,” have never watched TV, have never heard of the U.S. President, and are undergoing “de-brainwashing” therapy, according to investigators Wednesday.
Dugard, 29, Starlite, 15, and Angel, 11, were all undergoing therapy in the Bay Area, where they are residing at a safe house with Jaycee’s mother, Terry Probyn, and their aunt, Tina Dugard.
“They are both intelligent kids but they are very naive about the real world,” a Contra Costa Sheriff’s Department officer told the UK Sun. The girls “have no concept of math, geography and history or anything outside their town of Antioch.”
The girls, according to officials, are being fed just as they were before, one of many efforts experts are taking so as not to make an already-traumatic transition that much harder.
“They are being given TV microwave dinners and their favorite meat loaf meals,” police said. “They have never had fizzy drinks, so they get cooled water, which is what they are used to.”
Garrido, 58, is in custody on suspicion of various kidnapping and sex charges in connection with the 1991 disappearance of Dugard. His wife Nancy, 54, is also in custody on kidnapping charges.