A Louisiana woman was arrested Tuesday in connection with the disappearance and death late last year of a Black teen whose body was found days after he was reported missing.
Janet Irvin, 37, was jailed on charges of felony failure to report 15-year-old Quawan “Bobby” Charles missing and of contributing to juvenile delinquency, Sheriff Tommy Romero said in a news release and video statements.
He said no bond has been set for Irvin, who was arrested in nearby Lafayette Parish and then moved to the Iberia Parish jail. Deputy Kathleen Breaux, a spokeswoman for Romero, said she did not know whether Irvin has an attorney who could speak for her.
“I hope this arrest begins to help this family heal. and by no means is this case closed,” Romero said in a news release on video.
Four attorneys for Charles' family said, “We are thankful that she is finally being held criminally responsible."
The family filed a missing persons report Oct. 30 in the St. Mary Parish town of Baldwin. The teen's body — which an autopsy report described as unclothed — was found the evening of Nov. 3 about 20 miles (32 kilometers) away in woods near the Iberia Parish town of Loreauville.
Two autopsies, one for the family and the other for the Iberia Parish Coroner's Office, found small amounts of alcohol and THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in his blood.
The attorneys provided a copy of the report made for the coroner. It said Charles might have drowned himself during a psychotic episode possibly brought on by marijuana.