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Controversy: Jaycee Dugard Daughters' Photos

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Jaycee Lee Dugard in an undated photo

NEW YORK (CBS) To show or not to show. That is the question when it comes to images of Jaycee Lee Dugard's two young daughters.

America certainly wants to see them. For most of Sept 1., requests for the 11 and 15-year old girls' photos were topping Google Trends,a service that compares the world's interest in daily web searches.

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Despite the huge interest, at Crimesider, we have decided not to show the photographs. It is not yet clear if these girls were victims of a sex crime by Phillip and Nancy Garrido. If so, we believe their identities should be protected.

Other news agencies have decided to display the photos with the childrens' faces blurred out. That still felt a little too close for comfort for us, but we can describe the content of the images.

The two photos, taken just days before Phillip Garrido and his wife Nancy were arrested for the abduction and rape of Dugard, show Dugard's children at a birthday party thrown by Cheyvonne Molino for her 16-year-old daughter.

Video: Cheyvonne Molino is interviewed on The Early Show.

Molino is a business associate of the Garridos who has said she knew Garrido and the girls well. "I met his daughters, I watched them grow up," she told CBS' "The Early Show" on Tuesday.

Molino said the young girls always appeared and behaved like normal kids and that the day the photo was shot, Garrido left the girls unattended at the party. "He dropped them off. He picked them up," she said.

The girls did not attempt to flee. And despite earlier reports, Molino said that in her presence the girls never acted robotically and didn't wear prarie dresses.

Molino also said she knew Jaycee Lee Dugard, whose 18-year-long disappearance ended last week with the stunning revelation that she has been living in a backyard tent compound of the Garrido home after she was snatched off the streets of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., in 1991.

Dugard was a graphic designer in Phillip Garrido's printing business, Molino said. "You could always call her at any time or email," she said. She was "just your normal 20-year-old."

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