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Baldwin family left with more questions as investigation into teens death continues

Posted at 10:36 PM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 23:36:05-05

Family members of a 15 year old boy found dead near Loreauville want more answers on the cause of death in the case.

The family says they were told Quawan Charles drowned. Now they are seeking an independent autopsy.

Charles was reported missing on Friday October 30 in Baldwin. Family members say Charles left his home with a 17 year old friend and the teen's mother without permission.

Charles was found dead in a rural area off Ed Broussard Road near Loreauville three days later on November 3, 2020.

"They still have not shown us where Quawan was or what creek he was found at. We can't even go and put up a cross where he was found at. They're being very discreet," Celina Charles, the spokesperson for the family says.

Celina Charles says one reason she and other family members don't believe Quawan drowned is a graphic photo of Quawan's body circulating on social media.

"His face is disfigured. So there's some explaining that needs to be done there. His face is disfigured," Charles said.

Attorney Ron Haley is representing the family

"We have no answers, but were going to get them," Haley said. "They were told things like he's probably at a football game, probably here there, anywhere else, and we don't know if those delays could've contributed to his death. We know when there is a missing child, the most critical moment is when you first call law enforcement that the child is missing."

Haley in a release says they are demanding the arrest of any party involved in the death of Quawan Bobby Charles. They are also asking 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 for Charles.

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