Cedella Roman says she was jogging along the beach in White Rock, B.C., when she crossed the US border without realizing it, which set off a two-week nightmare that landed her in an American cell.
Ms Roman, who had gone to Canada to visit her mother and practice her English, insisted to the officers she did not see any warning signs, and at first did not realise how serious the matter would become. She remained detained until June 5 when, after two weeks of paperwork and processing, Roman was taken back to the border "and removed to Canada", Cutrell said.
"An officer stopped me and started telling me I had crossed the border illegally", Roman told the news site. Instead, as she told the CBC, she spent the next two weeks in a US detention center.
They then transferred her nearly 125 miles south to the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center.
"I did not think they would put me in jail", she said. "They searched me everywhere".
When Roman's mother Christiane Fern learned of her daughter's incarceration, she collaborated with Immigration Canada to co-ordinate the release of her daughter.
'It was just unfair that there was nothing, no sign at the border, ' said Ferne to CBC. "It's like a trap. anybody can be caught at the border like this", she said. She mistakenly continued jogging into Blaine, Washington, she told CNN partner CBC.
But things got more complicated as she was not carrying any government-issued identification on her at the time. On that profile, Roman says she is originally from the town of Briancon, France, in the south eastern part of the country, north of Nice and close to the Italian border.
About 80 per cent of refugee claimants to B.C. cross the Canada-U.S. border through Peace Arch Park, in Surrey.
"We were locked up all the time and in the yard there was barbed wire and dogs", she told French news agency AFP.
That was not to be the case, according to USA immigration officials, who confirmed the subsequent events in an email to The Washington Post.
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not respond to inquiries from The Associated Press today. But neither the ICE nor Immigration Canada would comment further on the case, citing privacy concerns. "Both juveniles were so captivated by their Pokémon Go games that they lost track of where they were", said Border Patrol Public Affairs Officer Michael Rappold at the time. The family said they were not sure if Roman will be allowed back in the US.