[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/09/03/california.missing.girl/art.dugard.press.cnn.jpg caption="Tina Dugard speaks to the media Thursday about how her niece Jaycee is reconnecting with her family."]
The Orange County Register
Terry Probyn took a brush to her daughter's blond hair and slowly combed through it – a tender ritual she had not performed in 18 years, when her girl, Jaycee Lee Dugard, was just 11.
Reunited with Jaycee last week in Northern California, Probyn got to play mother again to the girl who was snatched away from her – touching her hair, kissing her face, delighting at the sound of her voice.
Tina Dugard, Terry's sister and Jaycee's aunt, sat and watched – disbelief mingled with joy.
"I remember thinking, 'Wow, she's French-braiding Jaycee's hair for the first time in 18 years,' " Tina Dugard said.
The reunification of Terry Probyn with her daughter – and her interactions, for the first time, with Jaycee's two daughters, 11 and 15 – played out in private as the chilling tale of Jaycee's alleged abductor, Phillip Craig Garrido, seized headlines worldwide.
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