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Mother explores deportation policy after daughter’s death

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NEW LONDON — A Connecticut woman says she’s trying to learn why a Haitian immigrant accused of fatally stabbing her daughter avoided deportation after his release from prison.

Wendy Hartling tells The Day of New London she felt her daughter Casey Chadwick had been killed all over again when she found out 40-year-old Jean Jacques should have been deported after serving a 16-year sentence for attempted murder.

Federal immigration officials said they tried to send him to Haiti in 2012, but that nation wouldn’t accept him without citizenship documents. He was jailed again on a parole violation and released in January.

Hartling and her attorney are working with lawmakers including U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney to get answers. She said she hopes to tell her story to Congress.

Jacques is charged with murder and drug violations in Chadwick’s June 15 slaying.

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