Quawan Charles' Mother Sues Woman Who Took Him, Without Permission, Before He was Found Dead.


Although there has been NO JUSTICE in the death of 15-year-old Quawan "Bobby" Charles, his mother, Roxanne Nelson, is taking matters into her own hands. Nelson has filed a lawsuit against the adult who picked up her son just days before he was found dead.


The lawsuit accuses Janet Irvin, identified as the mother of Quawan’s friend, Gavin, 17, of taking Quawan “25 miles from the safety of his home without the permission of his family.” The lawsuit also claims that Irvin failed to report Quawan missing, failed to contact the boy’s family and didn’t search for him.



Charles was at his father's home in Baldwi, Louisiana when he left the home to go hang out with his friend. Charles' father was not home at the time and family members stress that they did not give him permission to leave the house.


Later that night, and after unsuccessful attempts to reach him, the family reported Quawan missing to the Baldwin police and requested an AMBER Alert. The family said that authorities declined to issue the alert, claiming Quawan was likely at a football game or with friends.


Consequently, St. Mary Parish law enforcement agencies have been named in the lawsuit for not following “the law and statutory protocols for missing children.”


On November 3, authorities found Quawan deceased in a rural, wooded area near Loreauville. The family said that officials said Charles drowned, but an extremely graphic photo of his body seemed to prove otherwise.


Irvin was arrested during the initial investigation but nothing really happened. Her charges were only contributing to the delinquency of a minor and failure to report a missing child. Her bond was originally set at $400,000, but was later lowered by a judge two months later to $90,000. She has since bonded out of jail.


Now, Charles' mother has taken over the legal proceedings. Nelson has filed a civil lawsuit for damages against Janet Irvin, St. Mary Parish Sheriff Blaise Smith, and members of the Baldwin Police Department after Charles’ death in 2020.


A lawsuit only represents one side of a story.



Specifically named in the suit are the following:


  • Baldwin Police Chief Harry “Boo Boo” Smith

  • Baldwin Asst. Police Chief Samuel Wise III

  • St. Mary Parish Sheriff Blaise Smith

  • Janet Irvin

  • Gavin Irvin (Janet Irvin’s son)

  • Tyler LeGros (Janet Irvin’s boyfriend)

  • The Baldwin Police Department

  • The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office

  • XYZ Insurance Company (Baldwin Police Department’s insurance company)

  • ABC Insurance Company (St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office insurance company)

The lawsuit (right) is pretty lengthy but very detailed. Nelson, like any other normal mother, wants to receive some type of justice for her son.


Someone, somewhere, is responsible for Charles' death and this lawsuit has pointed out every single person or entity who dropped the ball in this case.


If you're up for it, read the 17 page lawsuit and then check back for more details.



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