Teen Wrongly Deported to Colombia Is Back in US

Jakadrien Turner should be home in Dallas tonight
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 6, 2012 6:19 PM CST
This undated file photo provided by WFAA-TV News shows Jakadrien Lorece Turner.   (AP Photo/Courtesy of WFAA-TV)
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(Newser) – The bizarre tale of Jakadrien Turner may be close to a happy ending. The 15-year-old is back in the US after being mistakenly deported to Colombia months ago, her mother tells AP. She is expected to catch a final flight to her hometown of Dallas later tonight. Mom Johnisa Turner says she has a "gazillion questions" for her daughter, who ran away from home more than a year ago.

After that, things get fuzzy. She got picked up for shoplifting, gave a fake name of a Colombian woman born in 1990, and apparently stuck to it all through her criminal proceeding and deportation hearing. She wound up in living and working in Bogota (she is not fluent in Spanish) before the story began to unravel. "Just as long as she makes it home, just as long as she gets here," says her mom.

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