Oak Cliff Girl Mistakenly Deported to Colombia Returns, Leaving Trail of Unanswered Questions

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Photos by Leslie Minora
Jakadrien Turner, home at last, with grandmother Lorene on her right and mother Johnisa on her left
At 11 a.m. Friday morning, Lorene Turner got the call: Her granddaughter, Jakadrien Turner, who had run away from her Oak Cliff home and her life as a student at Kimball High School, was on a flight home from Colombia. Eleven hours later, the strong but exhausted grandmother finally walked down the international arrivals chute at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport next to the 15-year-old she hadn't hugged in more than a year.

The teen runaway had traveled from Dallas to New Orleans before arriving in Houston, where she was arrested for shoplifting and deported to Colombia under a false identity she provided police. The journey was a long one, and while last night marks the end of her saga as a runaway, most of what happened after April 2010, when she left Oak Cliff, remains a long list of questions.

After more than two hours' worth of immigration procedures and questioning by authorities following her arrival at about 7 p.m. on a Delta flight from Atlanta, Jakadrien, her mother Johnisa Turner and Lorene, flanked by armed guards and their lawyer Ray Jackson, slowly walked from the international arrivals gate to the parking lot as reporters swarmed and news cameras rolled. All three appeared to alternate between choking back tears and suppressing smiles that occasionally cracked through. They held hands but gave little indication of the emotion evoked by the homecoming.

Jackson, Turner's attorney, was the only one who addressed the crowd of reporters gathered at the terminal. "She's happy to be home," he said, but wouldn't offer much more, saying that the family would comment in a few days, after they've rested. "We want to respect that it's been a long flight and a long day."

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Lorene carried the maternity book What to Expect When You're Expecting as she walked next to her granddaughter, who appeared healthy with a stomach slightly rounder than in photos from months prior. Earlier yesterday afternoon, Lorene said she would feel the same way towards her great-grandchild as she does towards Jakadrien. "That's another person to love," she said.

The story of Jakadrien's runaway, deportation and homecoming picked up speed throughout the week, leaving a wake of unanswered questions, many with troubling implications. WFAA's Rebecca Lopez broke the news on Tuesday night in a story that detailed the steps that led to the teen's deportation and discovery. In Houston, she gave police a fake name -- Tika Cortez -- the name of an illegal immigrant from Colombia who had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. [It's still unclear why Jakadrien chose the name. CNN reports, "According to U.S. immigration officials, they'd never come across anyone by the name Tika Cortez. Her fingerprints did not match anyone in law enforcement databases, nor was there a match for the name Jakadrien Turner."]

The exact missteps are similarly unclear, but ICE deported Jakadrien to Colombia under the assumed identity. While in Colombia, Jakadrien had a Cuban boyfriend, according to her Facebook page, and she became pregnant.

By combing through information on Facebook and working with police, Lorene located Jakadrien in Colombia and sparked the effort that brought her granddaughter home Friday night. "I'm real nosy ... I'm a beautician," Lorene told us not long after she received the news that Jakadrien was coming home. Her beauty salon, which also serves as a notary, is coated inside and out in hot-pink paint. with the "beauty salon" signage painted in black. A few spots of peeling paint and broken-in salon chairs reveal the character of the well-kept shop she opened in the early 1970s.

The grandmother who remembers Jakadrien always confiding in her couldn't imagine how this could happen to her "sweet, smart" granddaughter who hadn't started dating, had never been on a plane -- and never learned Spanish. She speculates that the teen's initial runaway plan was sidelined by human traffickers who enacted the elaborate scheme that landed Jakadrien passage between international borders and Colombian citizenship. Lorene says Jakadrien ran away with a group of "fast" girls from high school who posted videos online of themselves dancing in ways that made her think, "They're gonna knock their wombs out of place."

No matter what, Lorene says, she's not mad. "Everyone's bad when they're little," she says. "Thank the Lord" she's safe and alive.

Jackadrien's reasons for running away are as unclear as the procedural loopholes or elaborate plans that allowed her to move to Colombia. While her coming home is a momentary resolution, there is much more to discover: whether she's a victim of trafficking, why she gave police that particular assumed name and whether anyone else provided her with that name, what her life was like in Colombia, who fathered her unborn child, and how she's holding up after such a year. Though last night's homecoming felt like a resolution; it's also a new beginning for Jackadrien and a reason to keep asking: How could this happen?


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Larry
Larry

yes, the feds and the whole justice system are retards, but fercryinoutloud, have better taste in aliases.

this IS Dallas, so use Lee Harvey Oswald, or like Dwayne Caraway, use Archie...

stupidity got more stupidity.

everyone here should be euthanized.

Have a nice wknd.

Melinda_cook68
Melinda_cook68

Jakadrien? Where do people get these names? and shes pregnant? Ugg... and so the cycle continues.I'm confused about how she was on facebook. Lots of unanswered questions.

Sa
Sa

Having been a teenage girl once...a long time ago, in a suburb far, far away...I somehow suspect that she knew the Cuban boyfriend before leaving the US.  Maybe, just maybe, the shoplifting/false name/deportation thing was a scheme to get to Colombia to be with him.  Although I'll admit it was a pretty dang sophisticated scheme for a 15 year old, but maybe the older boyfriend contributed.

Probably not, but I wonder.

Naaa
Naaa

This went the wrong way.

The rest of the family should have been sent to Columbia with her. Now we can look forward to paying for another anchor baby and sponsoring the statutory rapist father's visa to America.

Maybe Chris Hansen can make him 'have a seat right over here' on a gurney in the gas chamber

who cares?
who cares?

Who cares?  What a waste of time.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Many times, these problems begin w/ the previous generations. From seeing the parent/grandparent, I've had my questions answered. Instead of stepping up and being a parent, they let their kids run wild. It appears the grandmother did show some concern, but im really curious why the mother is still allowed to even have custody of this young woman after all thats happened..

WatchingSouth Detroit
WatchingSouth Detroit

This 15 year old girl, her mother, and grandmother said something about making those responsible pay.  Well they need to look in the mirror.  This girl:1) Dropped out of school2) Ran away from home to Houston3) Shoplifted at a store and was arrested for it4) Lied to authorities and to her own court appointed lawyer about her name and nationality.5) Is now pregnantNow they are blaming everyone else and excuse the girl's conduct by saying that "its teenager stuff".  The unborn child has no hope as there will be no good parenting around to teach it about responsibility, about the importance of education, and about following the law.  Now we the taxpayers will probably have to pay the baby with welfare money as the 15 year old has no education or any job skills.  It would have been better had they left her in Columbia and shipped her mother over to join her. 

For the record...
For the record...

It's scary to think of the mirror situation - instead of incarceration, ICE merely deports a wanted criminal or terrorist who gave a false name and claimed false citizenship.

Randy S
Randy S

It was interesting that the girl's lawyer made a point about how the government needed to be held accountable for trampling on her civil rights.

Yes, there is a lawsuit coming.

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

So, she LIES to the Houston PD AND ICE, but they are at fault? Maybe, some. How about this?1. Don't run away.

2. Don't steal.

3. If you get caught, 'fess up.

4. If you continue to lie, where in hell do you get "Tika Cordero?" Who makes up a name like that?

5. If you are stranded in Colombia, and you can get on Facebook, you don't scream for help, IM someone, or anything? Noooo, you get a boyfriend, get pregnant and show photos of you having fun with people who presumably speak Spanish--but you don't...

I predict right now, her defense lawyer, lawsuit hired gun, whatever, will cry out, "Stockholm Syndrome" for all of this. Here is the funny part for me, a teacher. All the time she is was walking through the airport, I thought, "Mmmm, I wonder how she will do on the TAKS test, having missed a year of school?"P.S. My teen students have zero sympathy for her, which I find interesting.

Mariah
Mariah

Thanks facebook. Dallas County taxpayers will now have to pay more taxes for yet another baby born at Parkland Hospital and welfare for the teen parent.

Steve
Steve

She look fast

Lornacook
Lornacook

this child was partying and smoking weed,had a facebook under a fake name,a boyfriend, and a job. I don't think she wanted to come home. This girl is not a victim, she is a child that don't like rules and wants to grow up before her time. 

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

This story seems like it could prove mighty tempting to restless young miscreants.  Go shoplift something from a store, tell the cops you're from some exotic sounding country... a few weeks later--- you get an all expense paid one way ticket to your destination of choice!

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

I tell ya... Kids!  What ya gonna do huh?

Urbandweller203
Urbandweller203

If she is not charged with a federal crime, she will try to go back to Columbia when she turns 18, if they let her back in. This is not an immigration mistake, she lied and they shipped her off. The Columbian government actually took her in and gave her a a decent job. She IS NOT happy to be home..just look at her, she must be thinking to herself " how in the hell did they find me".

Isnt it obvious
Isnt it obvious

Most of the news media portrays this as "poor little lost girl deported by evil and inept immigration authorities".  No one emphasizes the shoplifting charge which she was originally busted, lying to federal and state authorities (a felony), and no attempt by the little innocent to come home herself (grandma had to find her on facebook).  Anyone want to bet the little darlin is gone again as soon as she drops and grandma ends up raising the baby? 

thereztinnmyfoil
thereztinnmyfoil

I believe it was a consolidated effort on the behalf of the family to get her deported, knowing she'd be brought back and then.....$$$$$$ or publicity, which usually equates to, $$$$$....

Willie
Willie

more Kergo; although I think he said he was goin' camping.

Royce Williams
Royce Williams

Jakadrian?  Johnisa? Wonder if she will name the baby Jacolumbiaisa.

KeepyourlegsshutJakadrien
KeepyourlegsshutJakadrien

Jakadrien? *snort* I'll add that my list of stupid names people give their kids.

Lawsuits? Hey family, take care of your own! Don't make taxpayers pay for the poor judgment of you and your slutty kid.

trudat
trudat

...enough blame to pass around to everybody involved (and some who are not involved)...hopefully, the upcoming investigations will answer enough questions to move toward the solutions phase...this should not be allowed to happen again...

miguel
miguel

Oh! What a tangled web we weave,

when first we practice to deceive!

Krego nana
Krego nana

Only in Dallas.  Thank the good lord I live in Plano......where kids don't get deported, and a tv announcer can get away with killing 5 hookers; and running for governor!

RTGolden
RTGolden

Seems to me, like so much that goes on all around us, there is more to this story than meets the eye.  Did immigration screw up?  Did the girl get what she had coming( perhaps what she intended all along) for her lies?

Of course the mother and grandmother are going to point the finger of blame at the authorities, much like the father of the 15yr old in south Texas who was shot to death, while waving around a pellet gun.  A very real-looking pellet gun.  I think it's time for parents to stop placing blame on authorities when their children face very adult consequences for very adult actions.

No matter what mistakes may or may not have been made by the authorities in both of these situations, it is the parents who are at fault.  Law enforcement officers are not surrogate parents for our children, nor are they so-called 'ambassadors to the citizenry' that I have seen mentioned.  Law enforcement, as its name implies, is responsible for enforcing the law.  Parents are responsible for raising, teaching, disciplining, and preparing children for adult life.  Why did the girl run-away?  Why was the boy in school with a pellet gun?  Why are all the kids who do bad things 'good' kids right up until the second before something bad happens to them?

CheeryBitch
CheeryBitch

Good grief... that "sweet, smart" lying, theiving runaway is reproducing

Vannash
Vannash

little psycho belongs in prison

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

NO such thing as an anchor baby. If you haveno legal right to be here, when you are deported, you take your American baby with you, or leave it with people here. He could get a visa to visit, but if he overstays, he will be here illegally.

Montemalone
Montemalone

That Facebook thing is quite an accomplishment. I'm stuck being me and they won't let me change it,.

Isnt it obvious
Isnt it obvious

I'm from Tahiti.  Heading out to shoplift more than $50 for my free plane ticket.  I hope DPD shows up.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

No kidding... a life in Colombia could be far, far better than a life on the dead-end streets of South Dallas.

Montemalone
Montemalone

I'll bet the appointments in granny's salon are booked solid for weeks now.

Paul
Paul

More like La - a (Hint: the - isn't silent!)

Queef
Queef

karma will get you.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

We've had a baby get its arms cut off here, you know...

mark zero (Jason)
mark zero (Jason)

Oh, but don't you know?

"Everyone's bad when they're little."

Apparently some people think breaking the law (and/or getting pregnant) is just a normal part of childhood?

Mnking68
Mnking68

He is required to carry his equipment because of the nature of the event.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

It most likely has to with the back story and who this girl was involved with in Houston and Columbia.  If in fact she was trafficked, there is a good possibilty that some people may want her dead instead of talking

Coleman
Coleman

I was kinda bugged out by that too.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

'Cause it makes him look cool.

Next?

IttyBitty Wussy
IttyBitty Wussy

All of them?  They say he killed five but who knows. I mean, that was thirty years ago.  Everyone's bad when they're little !!!

So I've been focusing more on his recent deceits and subsequent attempts to justify them with platitudes like "eye test" and "body of work."

Montemalone
Montemalone

Karma karma karma karma karma chameleon...

twipper
twipper

Dear SG, ...........uhhhhmmmm......ok. 

Guest
Guest

That was the baby's fault.

Latarian
Latarian

its fun to do bad things

Montemalone
Montemalone

If she was trafficked, then why did the Colombian government get her a job?Makes one wonder why we have illegal immigration if governments are giving jobs to repatriated nationals right off the plane.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

I am thinking not so much.Which might explain the odd travel pattern that got her back to Texas .

Honeybee
Honeybee

We give generous benefits without requiring work.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

i think the whole story is summed up by this one word, WHY?  from beggining to end no one knows why any of this happened, hence the investigation into the back story

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