A child’s sneaker lies in the sand. Dishes are stacked in the kitchen sink. A box of crayons sits next to a filthy fish tank.
Those are some of the 102 startling images that appear in newly-released photographs of the home of Phillip and Nancy Garrido in Antioch, California.
Authorities allege that the Garridos kidnapped Jaycee Lee Dugard in 1991 and that Phillip Garrido fathered two daughters with her, holding all three captive for several years.
Contra Costa County building inspectors took the photographs on August 31 when they condemned the property, calling it unsafe.
Many of the photographs show piles of boxes, mattresses and debris in the back yard. Others show a wooden shed with makeshift electrical wiring and metal bars on the window. Also visible in the piles are two Barbie-style dolls and a stuffed panda.
There is a damaged above-ground swimming pool, a child’s bicycle and a plastic white toilet.
The interior rooms are in a state of disarray, with pieces of furniture piled on top of one another and papers strewn on the floor.
Pots and dishes fill the kitchen sink and cover the counters and stove. Cupboards are open. A can of pinto beans, a jar of peanut butter and a box of crackers sit on a microwave oven stand.
In another room, a projection screen sits against a wall and a computer sits on a dark wooden desk. Above the computer, apparently taped to the wall, are printed definitions of the words “faith” and “truth.”
A written report signed by building inspector Dan Wilson and dated Sept. 10 identifies the property owner as Patricia Franzen, who is Phillip Garrido’s elderly mother. Among the violations listed on the report are “hazardous wiring used for occupancy, piles of garbage, refuse, discarded furniture, discarded appliances, yard cuttings, cardboard boxes and barrels, discarded personal and household items, improperly stored non operational vehicles, vehicle parts, tarps, plastic and metal buckets, open septic hole and outside toilet that is not connected to a sewer or septic system.”
The Garridos, who are being held in jail in Placerville, have pleaded not guilty to charges in the Dugard case.