The father of a man suspected of kidnapping a girl 18 years ago and hiding her in his backyard said Friday that his son is "absolutely out of his mind."
Phillip Garrido and his wife, Nancy, are accused of kidnapping the then-11-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard in 1991. Authorities said they held her and two children she had with Garrido as prisoners in a backyard encampment.
Speaking by phone from his house in Brentwood, Manuel Garrido said Phillip Garrido struck his head when he was a boy and was never the same afterward.
"He was a wonderful boy when he was young -- when he had that accident, and after he got into high school, he got in with some bad people, he got on LSD and that was it," Manuel said.
Manuel said he hasn't seen his son in 20 years and has never been to the house where Phillip allegedly lived with the missing girl, their two children and his wife.
Manuel said his son somehow met Nancy while Phillip was in federal prison after being convicted of rape. The two got married while Phillip was in prison, according to Manuel.
Phillip should be put in a mental hospital, according to Manuel.
"That man is not in his right mind,” Manuel said. “They better treat him as a crazy person, because that's what he is…. He should be in a home for nuts, because he is a nutty person. I don't know another way to put it: That man is out of it."
Garrido, 58, and his wife Nancy Garrido, 55, were charged Friday with 28 felonies, including kidnapping, rape and false imprisonment in the kidnapping of Dugard. They both pleaded not guilty.
On Friday, authorities searched the home in Antioch, Calif., where Phillip allegedly held Dugard captive for 18 years, looking for evidence in the murders of several prostitutes.
Contra Costa Sheriff's Department Capt. Daniel Terry said police officers from the nearby city of Pittsburg executed a search warrant at the home, looking for clues in the unsolved slayings. Several of the murdered women's bodies were dumped near an industrial park where Garrido worked during the 1990s.