A newly released video shows the moment a 15-year-old boy disappeared from his Louisiana home, four days before he was found dead in a nearby sugar cane field, according to a report.
Footage released by the Baldwin Police Department shows Quawan Charles sitting outside his home on Oct. 30, then chasing a silver car that passes the house, CBS News said in a report Wednesday.
The car is seen returning to the home and pulling into the driveway, where Charles and two other people go into his yard before getting back in the vehicle and speeding off, the video shows.
Charles was found dead on Nov. 3 in a creek by Iberia Parish deputies in what the medical examiner classified as a fatal drowning.
But Charles’s family has commissioned an independent autopsy, saying the teen’s badly mutilated face suggests he might have been tortured — and faulted cops for not issuing an Amber Alert when they reported him missing.
“The family’s not questioning the veracity of the video,” Chase Trichell, a lawyer for the boy’s family, told CBS. “However, our interest is now solely focused on what occurs as soon as that video stops.”
Police defended their response to the missing persons call, and said the newly released video shows that Charles got into the car willingly — suggesting an Amber Alert was not warranted because there was no evidence he was kidnapped.
“We did not drop the ball,” Baldwin Police Chief Samuel Wise told KLFY-TV on Tuesday. “They did everything by protocol. They did everything by the book.”
Wise said that, despite not issuing an Amber Alert, cops did search for the teen after the family’s call, and filed a missing person’s report at 10:30 p.m., which added the case to a national database for missing people.
“My officer stayed in touch with the family the whole weekend,” the chief told KLFY. “The father told me himself that my officer stayed in touch with him the entire weekend trying to locate his kid because we do care.”