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Reunion going ‘surprisingly smoothly’

THE emotional private reunion between the family of Jaycee Lee Dugard and the mother and two girls fathered by her kidnapper during 18 years in captivity is going surprisingly smoothly, relatives said.

“It’s a minute-by-minute thing,” Dugard’s stepfather, Carl Probyn, said. “It’s going to take years.”

A team of shrinks is helping to ease the transition to normal life for the brainwashed mom and her two teenage girls who lived for years imprisoned under tarps in a rapist’s California backyard.

Things started well, said FBI special agent Chris Campion, who worked the case for two decades and was present at the reunion between Terry Probyn and Dugard, the daughter she last saw at age 11.

“There’s going to be a period of adjustment, no doubt, but they’re doing very well at this point,” he said in an FBI podcast.

“It was a very emotional scene – both of them were just overjoyed to be with each other again,” he said. “The two daughters are probably as happy as Jaycee is to be part of this family.”

Shayna Probyn, 19, who was an infant when Dugard was kidnapped, wrote in a MySpace message, “I have a lot of love to share with my sister and new nieces.”

The family is intent on making things easy for Dugard, now 29, and her daughters, 15 and 11.

They are being kept out of the public eye, and relatives and officials aren’t saying where they are staying.

“These girls are so fragile,” said Carl Probyn. “Everything is about these girls and doing things the right way.”

He said Starlet and Angel, the two girls Dugard bore in her backyard prison, “are running around playing”.

Dugard told her sheltered daughters she was kidnapped, imprisoned and raped by their father, Phillip Garrido, after the cops arrested him last week.

“They are upset about this because that’s their father and he’s in jail,” Probyn said.

Garrido, 58, and his wife Nancy, 54, face 29 felony counts.<


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