The Quawan Charles Case: New Audio Implicates Last Woman To See Him Alive


The tragedy surrounding the death of Quawan Charles continues to unfold as details emerge about what happened on October 30, the day he disappeared. 

Attorneys for Quawan’s family say newly-obtained audio implicates Janet Irvin, who is allegedly the last woman to see him alive. 

A report by CBS indicates a private investigator for the family's attorneys Ronald Haley and Chase Trichell recorded a conversation with Irvin and her 17-year-old son. 

“Yes, I should have called the cops. I should have went further,” Irvin says in the audio obtained by "CBS This Morning" in late December. 

“I get off of work at like noon, Friday. So, we go out to Baldwin. We pick him up,” Irvin continues. 

Surveillance footage shows Irvin picked Quawan up as he was outside of his father’s home in Baldwin, Louisiana. 

Later on that same day, Quawan’s family reported him missing. His body was discovered a few days later in a sugar cane field. 

Irvin’s son told the investigator that he and Quawan did drugs in the days he was missing. 

“Did he smoke something, or did he, I mean…?” the investigator asked. 

“Yeah, he smoked some weed. That was it,” Irvin’s son replied.

Both Haley and Trichell are calling on authorities to arrest Irvin on “a slew of charges,” including giving drugs to minors. 

Her negligence in not calling police, the attorneys believe, are indications of her involvement with Quawan’s death. 

“She knew something was wrong and did nothing,” Haley said. “It speaks volumes as to what her involvement was in this case.” 

An initial autopsy report indicated Quawan likely drowned, however the new information about the drugs is evidence of culpability on Irvin’s part. 

“We think the toxicology report is going to vindicate what we’re saying today,” Trichell said. “Janet Irvin could be charged with delinquency to minors, serving minors drugs.”

At the time, local authorities weren’t aware of the recording, though the family’s attorneys said a meeting was scheduled to share information. 

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