NEW YORK (CBS/AP) A little late?
Twenty-nine years after Jaycee Lee Dugard's birth and 18 years after her abduction from a South Lake Tahoe bus stop, a man claiming to be her father is suddenly feeling a longing for a family reunion.
In a news conference on Sept. 23, Gloria Allred, the attorney for Ken Slayton, 63, said that he and Terry Probyn, Dugard's mother, dated for about a month in 1979 when Probyn became pregnant. Allred said that Probyn never told Slayton about the baby.
Now Slayton wants a private paternity test and a reunion with the girl who was allegedly imprisoned in the Antioch, Calif., backyard of Phillip and Nancy Garrido for nearly two decades and forced to bear two children.
Slayton is now married with children and wrote in a statement that his wife and children "long to be the loving, supportive and normal family to her and her children that she has not had for 18 years."
"He wants nothing from her," Allred said at the news conference. "What they really want to do is love her."
A spokeswoman for the Dugard family said they have not been contacted by Slayton since Dugard was found.
"This all comes as a big surprise," family spokeswoman Erika Schulte told the Los Angeles Times.
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