Who is Gavin Irvin?
Gavin Irvin is the son of Janet Irvin who was the last person who saw black teenager Quawan Charles alive before his corpse was found in a Louisiana sugar-cane field four days later, has an extensive arrest record that includes drug-related charges as well as burglary and receiving stolen property.
Her mother Irvin temporarily lost the custody of two of her three children a decade ago after she was accused of domestic violence and neglect by her children’s father, according to court records in Louisiana.
How old is Gavin Irvin?
Gavin Irvin is 17 years old.
Gavin Irvin Mother, Siblings, Family
Irvin’s husband Joshua Romero accused her in a hand-written statement to a local family court of suffering from drug and alcohol ‘problems,’ stealing prescription medication and money, dropping their then-two-year-old son on the floor and allowing the child to drink her beer.
The revelations come as the family of 15-year-old Quawan Charles has been unable to talk to Irvin about what could have happened on October 30, when he walked away from Irvin’s trailer in the tiny town of Loreauville and into sugar fields. “As far as we’re concerned, Quawan was under her (Irvin’s) care,” said Celina Charles, a spokeswoman for Quawan’s family. ‘We’d just like to know what happened.’
DailyMail.com visited the Chastant Trailer Park where Quawan was last seen alive and witnessed the crushing poverty of Louisiana’s agricultural countryside, with many of the trailers damaged.
Janet Irvin and Gavin Irvin: What is the story?
According to family spokeswoman Quawan Charles, the teenage boy was picked up by Janet Irvin and her 17-year-old son Gavin Irvin at home in the nearby town of Baldwin on the afternoon of October 30.
Quawan lived in a newly-built, comfortable suburban development in Youngsville, Lousiana., with his mother, Roxanne Nelson and her husband. A week before he died, however, Quawan was sent to live at his dad’s house in Baldwin, 35 miles away. At his new school, Quawan had been in contact with Gavin Irvin who had been in school with Quawan back in Youngsville and, like him, moved.
For an unknown reason, Celina Charles said, Gavin and his mother Janet picked up Quawan at his father’s home and drove to their rented trailer in Loreauville.
Gavin claimed Quawan left their trailer park home on his own and didn’t say where he was going. Janet has not spoken to his family. They have now been evicted from their trailer park home, The Washington Post reports.
Sheriff Tommy Romero said investigators have spoken with at least one witness who reportedly saw Charles before his death in the area where he was later found. A few hours later, according to the autopsy, Quawan was dead in the drainage ditch which, at the time, had ankle-deep water, according to locals.
What we know so far
One of the park’s residents, who asked not to be identified by name, told us where deputies with the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office found the teen’s lifeless body after ‘pinging’ his cellphone in the evening of November 3.
We walked to a vacant field in the back of an abandoned school, through a thin hedge made of brush and trees and traveled about 1,000 feet south alongside rows of 10-foot-tall sugar canes before arriving at a drainage ditch littered with a discarded purple cooler and other debris.