Months after 15-year-old Quawan Charles was found dead, the Louisiana woman he was last seen with has been charged in connection with his death.
On Tuesday, 37-year-old Janet Irvin was arrested and charged with the delinquency of a minor and failure to report a missing child, according to the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The teen was allegedly picked up outside his father’s home in Baldwin, Louisiana on October 30 by Irvin and her 17-year-old son. Quawan’s parents said they did not know Irvin or her son at the time and did not give them consent to leave with Quawan.
Quawan was found dead in a sugar cane field on November 3 after being reported missing by his family. His body was found naked and face down in a drainage ditch.
A private autopsy ordered by Quawan’s family revealed that the cause of death was drowning, however the manner of death was “undetermined,” meaning it is not clear whether his death was an accident, suicide or homicide. The autopsy also stated that he had no external injuries, except for post-mortem bug and animal bites.
Police arrested Irvin on Tuesday following the release of Quawan’s toxicology report that showed the teen had alcohol, THC and metabolites in his system.
Authorities have not disclosed why they arrested Irvin and she has not been charged directly with causing his death. She is currently being held without bond.
The Charles’ family lawyers issued a statement on Tuesday, saying, “We will continue to fight, we will continue to advocate for Quawan’s family and we will work tirelessly in our pursuit of justice, transparency and accountability.”