The harrowing journey of the girl who called herself Tika Cortez
Jakadrien Turner's lies last year to authorities in Texas -- including adopting an alter ego and claiming she was from Colombia -- set off a harrowing journey that, according to posts on a Facebook page featuring photographs of her, she seemed to later regret.
By Friday, the troubled teenager was finally back in the United States, after being arrested and then deported to a country that she'd never been in before. It was a months-long escapade that has her family asking questions about how she got to the South American nation and what happened to her while there.
Maybe she was inspired by James Frey and the Barefoot Bandit...?The attorney representing the Turner family said that the U.S. government is to blame, not the girl, for her deportation.
"I don't buy that she had the wherewithal to be able to bamboozle the government," Ray Jackson says. "You know, kids are scared when they get around authorities. ... To think that you could bamboozle them to create a new identity, it just doesn't make sense."
Basically, her family blames the U.S. government for failing to uncover her true identity, as well as two unidentified and unconfirmed Colombian men in Houston, TX for coercing her while she was a runaway.
Where should the blame lie?