White Woman Arrested in Case of Black Teen Found Dead in Louisiana Sugar Cane Field

A white woman was charged Tuesday in connection with the death of a Black 15-year-old whose body was discovered in November in a Louisiana sugar cane field.

The woman, Janet Irvin, 37, is facing charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and failure to report a missing child in the death of Quawan “Bobby” Charles, a Black teenager whose body was found in a sugar cane field late last year.

The Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office has released a statement via its Facebook page:

“On November 5, 2020, Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office issued a press release regarding the death of the juvenile Quawan Charles. Quawan Charles was reported missing on October 30, 2020, to the Baldwin Police Department in Baldwin, Louisiana at 8:04pm. Baldwin is located in St. Mary Parish. Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office was not notified of a missing juvenile in Iberia Parish until November 3rd at approximately 2:15pm, when IPSO was contacted by Quawan Charles’ mother, Roxanne Nelson.

“At that time, IPSO deputies requested the wireless provider “ping” Quawan’s cell phone. On November 3, 2020, at 6:43pm, the body of Quawan Charles was located in a drainage ditch along the headland, in a sugar cane field adjacent to Ed. Broussard Rd. near the Village of Loreauville, in Iberia Parish.”

The IPSO Bureau of Investigations has conducted extensive interviews with several individuals, while collecting forensic evidence, and also based on the findings of the completed autopsy report, decided to file charges against Irvin.

Irvin was arrested February 9, 2021, at approximately 11:00 am. She was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Facility and then released to the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office Detectives and booked into the Iberia Parish Jail.

According to People magazine, IPSO Authorities haven’t stated how they believe Irvin is involved but the report notes that Charles was last seen with her and her 17-year-old son, Gavin.

Charles’ body was found, naked, days after he went missing. According to KATC, a private autopsy ordered by his family found that the cause of death was drowning.

“The uncertainties about whether this drowning represents an accidental, suicidal or homicidal death makes an undetermined manner of death most appropriate likely,” the report states.

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