Louisiana woman arrested after teen found dead in sugar cane field 


A Louisiana woman has been charged in connection to the death of a missing teen boy whose body was found in a sugar cane field, authorities said.

Janet Irvin, 37, was arrested on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and failure to report a missing child in the disappearance of 15-year-old Quawan “Bobby” Charles, according to the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office.

“I hope this arrest begins to help this family heal. And by no means is this case closed,” Sheriff Tommy Romero said in video.

Charles was reported missing my his family Oct. 30 in the St. Mary Parish town of Baldwin.

On Nov. 3, his body was discovered unclothed about 20 miles away in a creek near the Iberia Parish town of Loreauville.

Surveillance footage reviewed by authorities showed the teen near that area by himself, according to the sheriff.

An autopsy discovered small amounts of alcohol and THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in his blood.

The medical examiner suggested that he might have drowned himself during a psychotic episode possibly provoked by marijuana.

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People attend a candlelight vigil for Quawan Charles on Oct. 20, 2020.

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A memorial to Quawan Charles at a Black Lives Matter vigil on Nov. 21, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia.

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But the teen’s family has commissioned an independent autopsy, questioning why he had injuries to his face.

“It is well understood that the accidental drowning of an able-bodied person in ankle-deep water is nearly impossible,” four attorneys for the family said.

In their statement about Irvin’s arrest, the attorneys noted that she was arrested after sheriffs deputies met with their private investigator.

“We are thankful that the fruits of this meeting led to an arrest of Ms. Irvin, but this is only the first step in a long march towards justice for Quawan,” they said.

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Pastor Terry Joseph giving the eulogy at Quawan Charles' funeral on November 21, 2020.Pastor Terry Joseph gives the eulogy at Quawan Charles’ funeral on Nov. 21, 2020.Photo by Ashley White/Advertiser/USA Today Network/Sipa USA

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