SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) Jaycee Dugard, who appears to be emerging from a horrific kidnapping ordeal happy and healthy, says she wants nothing to do with the man believed to be her biological father, Kenneth Slayton.
In a statement released by Dugard's family Wednesday, the 30-year-old mother of two says she has no interest in having a relationship with Slayton or his family, because it is believed he's only trying to cash in on the case that garnered international attention.
Family spokeswoman Nancy Seltzer claimed that Slayton never took an interest in his daughter before, reports the San
Jose Mercury News.
Dugard's family said that twenty-nine years ago when Jaycee's mother, Terry Probyn, alerted Slayton that she was pregnant he didn't seem to care, and he did not make any effort in the years prior to her kidnapping.
"Terry Probyn has never denied that Kenneth Slayton was the father. Rather it was Mr. Slayton who showed no interest for the first 29 years of his daughter's life," the statement said. "At no point did Mr. Slayton offer any assistance beyond what was requested of him while Jaycee was missing. It is now Jaycee Dugard's turn to express her feelings and she has no interest."
The Mercury News said that it wasn't until Jaycee was found that Slayton expressed interest and wanted to establish paternity, and then hired high-powered lawyer Gloria Allred to plead his case.
The family's statement said although Dugard does not wish to open the doors of communication now, she does reserve the right to change her mind at a later date.
Jaycee Dugard was eleven when she was kidnapped from her home in northern California. She was allegedly held captive for eighteen years by Nancy and Phillip Garrido, who have pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and rape. Phillip Garrido is accused of forcing Dugard to father two of his children.