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1:11 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

American Teen Mistakenly Deported To Colombia Is On Her Way Home

Jakadrien Turner, a Texas teen deported to Colombia after authorities said she lied to them about who she was, is headed back home today.

It's still unclear how long Turner spent in the Colombia, but the AP reports that she was at a Colombian shelter and had gotten a job at a call center. CNN reports that Turner's family said she was in the country "partying and smoking marijuana, and a detective told them she was pregnant."

We also know that Turner ran away from home in November 2010 and she was arrested by Houston police in April of 2011. She told police she was Tika Lanay Cortez, a Colombian citizen born in 1990.

The AP reports on what happened next:

"An Immigration and Customs Enforcement official told The Associated Press on Thursday that the teen claimed to be Cortez throughout the criminal proceedings and the ensuing deportation process, in which an immigration judge ultimately ordered her back to Colombia.

"The ICE official, speaking on condition of anonymity due to not being authorized to discuss additional details of the case, said the teenager was interviewed by a representative from the Colombian consulate and that country's government issued her a travel document to enter Colombia. The ICE official said standard procedure before any deportation is to coordinate with the other country in order to establish that person is from there.

"The girl was given Colombian citizenship upon arriving there, the ICE official said."

The girl's family told the AP, they couldn't understand how a mistake of this magnitude could be made.

"She looks like a kid, she acts like a kid. How could they think she wasn't a kid?" Lorene Turner, her grandmother, told the AP.

Also, Turner doesn't speak Spanish.

Fox News Latino reports that Dallas police were the ones that tracked Turner down. They found by tracking a computer she used to log into Facebook.

CNN reports the family is planning to sue and that Turner left Colombia at 10:30 a.m. today.

Update at 2:16 p.m. ET. 'Children Make Mistakes':

ABC News spoke to Turner's grandmother, after the Colombian embassy said they would turn over Turner to U.S. authorities. Lorene Turner says she's not mad at Turner. "Children make mistakes," she said.

Here's video of ABC's report:

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