Who is Janet Irvin?
Janet Irvin is the white woman 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.
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 Lafayette, Louisiana.
How old is Janet Irvin?
Janet Irvin is 37 years old.
Janet Irvin Children, Husband, Family
The man, 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: 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.
Janet Irvin criminal record
According to court records, the mother of three Janet Irvin has been arrested five times since 2002.
She has a date with a local criminal court judge in December to face charges of possession of a synthetic cannabinoid and possession of drug paraphernalia dating to June 2019.
The case was dismissed when prosecutors admitted the reason for the search of her vehicle by deputies, sparked by allegations that the deputies smelled marijuana inside the vehicle, ‘was not supported by facts.’
In July 2011, Irvin was charged with simple burglary and criminal trespass. She took a plea deal and ended up on one year’s probation She failed, however, to appear in a follow-up hearing and was re-arrested in 2013 for violation of probation, according to public records. She served two days at the local jail.
In 2006, Irvin was charged with possession of stolen goods and theft by fraud. She took another deal from prosecutors and received six months’ probation. In 2002, Janet Irvin was charged with possession of alcohol by a minor – she was 19 – and the case was dismissed after she paid a $116.50-fine.
In family court, too, allegations have been made against the last person believed to have seen Quawan alive. In 2010, the father of her two youngest children told a court in a sworn statement asking for a restraining order and the custody of 5-year-old Kylie and 2-year-old Joshua that Irvin was abusive and violent.
“She’s dropping my son on the floor, allowing my kids to play in the street, allowing my 2-year-old to drink out of her beer, stealing my prescription medication, my money, taking my truck in the middle of the night”.
In time, the judge did approve a restraining order that mandated Irvin to stay at least 100 feet from Romero’s home and the electric company he worked for.
The order was rescinded in 2017 when Irvin was able to prove she had straightened out.
Irvin’s dad, Alvin Irvin, told DailyMail.com he doesn’t know where his daughter is and hasn’t spoken to her in three months. He hinted that no one else in their family has contact with Janet.
In February 2019, she was charged with felony possession of hydrocodone after a traffic stop by a Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, according to court records.