Louisiana boy, 15, is found dead in a sugar cane field with his face mutilated three days after being picked up by a white mother and son in what
The family of Quawan Bobby Charles say he died in a brutal hate crime, police however, claim he drowned after he vanished from his family’s home
When his parents first reported him missing at 8pm on Oct 30, cops suggested he had gone ‘to a football game’ and didn’t issue an amber alert for the days he was missing
On Nov. 3, his mutilated body was found in a sugar cane field in a tiny village, 25 miles north of his home
His parents found out later that he had been picked up by Janet and 17-year-old Gavin Irvin, a white mother and son who they say they don’t know
Gavin Irvin, 17, claims Quawan, 15, came to their trailer but then left on his own on Oct 30, without telling them where he was going
Police claim that the boy drowned and had water in his lungs
His family, who dispute that he died in the ankle deep water in the field where the body was found, have shared photos of his mutilated face to disprove them
The graphic photos which have created outrage online show that when he was found, half of his lips were gone and he had lacerations on his head
The teen’s parents, Roxanne Nelson and Kenneth Jacko, say their son is the victim of an obvious hate crime that the police are refusing to investigate
Quawan’s mother Roxanne Nelson is demanding answers from Janet Irvin: ‘I want the lady who came to get my son without my permission, his dad’s permission, to be held accountable.
‘She took them to her house. He was alive and well when he was here, and now he is dead’
A Louisiana teenager has been found dead in a sugar cane field with a mutilated face three days after vanishing from his family home in what his parents say is a racial hate crime that the police in Loreauville, are refusing to investigate properly.
Kenneth Jacko reported his 15-year-old son Quawan ‘Bobby’ Charles missing on October 30. When police arrived at Jacko’s home in Baldwin, they suggested to him that the teenager had gone to a football game, according to the family, were dismissively.
The body of Quawan “Bobby” Charles was found three days later on November 3, in a sugar cane field near this tiny village about 25 miles north of his home.
Quawan’s parents later found out that he had been picked up the day he vanished, from his home by Janet Irvin and her 17-year-old son Gavin, who are white.
Quawan’s parents say they don’t know the Irvins and do not know how he knew them. His parents said they never gave him permission to go with the mother and son, either.
The last known people to see him alive are Gavin Irvin and his mother Janet Irvin. The Washington Post reports that Gavin Irvin is claiming that Quawan did go to their home on October 30, but left on his own and didn’t say where he was going. Gavin’s mother, Janet Irvin, has not spoken to the dead teen’s family.
Two weeks after the body of Quawan Charles was found, the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office maintains that it is investigating the “suspicious circumstances” of Quawan’s death but has released few details since the boy went missing two weeks ago. The initial report from the
Sheriff’s Department says that Quawan Charles drowned and that he had water in his lungs, but they haven’t explained exactly where he was found, or how he was taken out of the water.
The family said they were told “Bobby” was found facedown in a creek near a sugarcane field, but they are seeking an independent autopsy because of the condition of his body.
His family have been told that a autopsy report will take 12 weeks to be completed. Outraged by the police response the family and say it’s unlikely he drowned in the ankle-deep water in the field where he was found.
They are comparing the case to the notorious killing of Emmet Till, a 14-year-old who was lynched in 1955 after being falsely accused of offending a white woman.
His cousin, Celine Charles, took a graphic photo of his injuries after being shown his body to be able to circulate it on social media and highlight what she says say is proof that the cops are ignoring the obvious suspicions in the case. The image, allegedly of Quawan, shows the mutilated face of a Black boy who has several open skin wounds and disfigurement so severe that several teeth are visible.
The gruesome photograph has been circulating and prompting outrage online.
His parents, Roxanne Nelson and Kenneth Jacko say the case is not being investigated properly by the sheriff’s department
His father, was at work at the time at his store when Quawan was picked up by Gavin and Janet Irvin, who they have never met. The Irvins have not spoken to Quawan’s family and they have now been evicted from their trailer park home.
Quawan’s mother Roxanne Nelson is demanding answers from Janet Irvin.
‘This is a nightmare. I’ve had to go on a wild goose chase just to get information,’ she told The Associated Press.
At a candlelit vigil for her son, she said: ‘I want the lady who came to get my son without my permission, his dad’s permission, to be held accountable.
‘She took them to her house. He was alive and well when he was here, and now he is dead.’
The NAACP said in a release that Quawan’s death ‘looks like a hate crime’.
A GoFundMe account for the family has now raised more than $200,000.
The Iberia County Sheriff’s Department has not named any suspects and they are not releasing any information about the case.
‘Anyone with information concerning this death is urged to contact Detective Jarred Spurlock of the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Investigation at 337-369-3711.’
The family has retained civil rights attorneys Ron Haley, Dedrick Moore and Chase Trichell.
In a prepared statement, the lawyers asked for the preliminary findings of the coroner as to the cause of death and answers from the Baldwin Police Department as to why an Amber Alert was never issued in the days that the teen was missing.