An independent autopsy ordered by Quawan Charles' family confirmed a preliminary autopsy report that his cause of death was drowning.
Quawan, 15, disappeared from his father's home in Baldwin, Louisiana on October 30. His bloated body was found 4 days later in a sugar cane field.
The initial autopsy conducted by the coroner's office in Iberia Parish, LA. found water in the boy's lungs and determined the cause of death was drowning.
American forensics, the agency that performed the second autopsy, also say that the initial autopsy was thorough, according to TMZ. The second autopsy mentions no sign of trauma or natural disease, and that the body was "undergoing decompositional changes upon arrival."
But Quawan's family and friends refused to accept the findings of the preliminary autopsy report.
They believed he was murdered, citing a grisly photo circulating online that showed facial mutilation similar to the damage caused by small animals or marine life nibbling on his face after death.
The family's attorney tells TMZ he's troubled by the Sheriff's Office's slow response in finding Quawan -- noting it took them a total of 4 days just to ping his phone on Nov. 2, which led them to his body the next day.
A final report is pending toxicology results.
New details have emerged in the mysterious death of a Louisiana teenager. The family of Quawan "Bobby" Charles tells KATC they were told by investigators that Bobby drowned, but the family is skeptical.
Bobby was reported missing from his home in Baldwin on Oct. 30 and his body was found in a sugarcane field 30 miles away on Nov. 3.
Bobby's parents said he was last seen alive around 4 p.m. He had moved in with his father only two weeks prior to his disappearance.
The father, who is separated from Bobby's mother, told police he went to the store at 4 p.m., and upon returning home a few minutes later he knocked on Bobby's locked bedroom door but there was no response.
He said he used a tool to force the bedroom door open and discovered the boy was gone.
Friends say Bobby left home with a 17-year-old friend and his mother. But Bobby's father said his son did not have any friends.
Family members and activists believe Bobby was murdered. They cite a grisly photo of his body circulating online.
The body shows evidence of facial mutilation similar to the damage caused by nibbling marine life when a body is submerged in water.
The Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation.
A nurse serial killer was arrested and charged with the murder of 8 babies in her care at Countess of Chester Hospital in Chester, England.
Lucy Letby was initially arrested in 2018 on suspicion of murdering multiple infants over a 3-year period at the hospital. She was arrested again in 2019 after police conducted a search of her home and turned up evidence in the suspected murders of 3 additional babies after 2018.
Letby, who was released twice on bond, was arrested a third time this week and charged with an additional 6 murders and nine attempted murders of premature newborns.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Hughes said "a team of detectives" worked on the case to bring Letby to justice.
The majority of babies who died in Letby's care were premature newbies in neonatal units. The unusually high number of infant deaths in 2015 prompted the hospital to close its neonatal unit and move newborns to other facilities while an investigation was underway.
The hospital has since stopped caring for babies born before 32 weeks of pregnancy.
An Alabama State University student who went missing for 5 days has been found dead. The body of Adam "Belle" Dowdell Jr. was found behind a church on the 800 block of Hutchinson Street about 2:45 p.m Monday.
Dowdell, 22, graduated from Montevallo High School, where he played on the boys football team. He was a second-year student majoring in physical education at Alabama State University in downtown Montgomery.
Dowdell left his dorm around 8 p.m. Tuesday to get money from an ATM, but his friends say he never returned.
His mother, Toya Cohill, says Dowdell did not have a car on campus. She said he and a friend went to get cash from an ATM machine.
Cohill said she last spoke to her son on Monday, and his siblings spoke with him the following day. But on Wednesday, she got messages from friends saying he hadn't returned to his dorm and no one had heard from him.
"I've slept three hours a day," Cohill said. Cohill and relatives made the 70-mile trip to Montgomery from the Alabaster area, where Dowdell is from.
He left his backpack and cell phone charger in his room and his relatives were unable to track his phone because the battery was dead.
Montgomery police Capt. Saba Coleman said the circumstances of Dowdell's death are under investigation. No other information was released and there are no suspects.
ASU President Quinton T. Ross Jr. released a statement on Monday.
"We all had hoped for a different outcome," Ross said. "Losing a student is always difficult, and the Hornet Nation is in mourning over his death. Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with Adam’s mother and the rest of his family and friends as they face this tragic loss."
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 334-215- STOP, Secret Witness at 334-625-4000 or Montgomery Police at 334-625-2831.
The half-brother of Robert Fuller, the 24-year-old Black man who was found hanging from a tree in Palmdale, Calif. last week, was shot dead by Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriffs on Wednesday.
Terron Boone was fatally shot by deputy sheriffs around 4:30 p.m. in a parking lot in Rosemond (Kerne County), about 20 miles north of Palmdale.
A shootout occurred as sheriff's attempted to pull over a car that Boone was a passenger in.
Police allege that Boone opened fire on the deputies who returned fire. The woman driver was shot in the chest. She was treated for a gunshot wound at a local hospital and released late Wednesday, police say.
A 7-year-old girl was also in the car but she was uninjured, according to reports.
Boone faced multiple charges of assault, domestic violence, criminal threats and kidnapping, according to the LA Times.
Fuller was discovered hanging from a tree in front of Palmdale City Hall in Poncitlán Square around 3:39 a.m. Friday, June 12.
Authorities initially said Fuller committed suicide, but a Los Angeles coroner walked back the suicide theory.
A full investigation is underway into the case.
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Police will investigate the death of Robert Fuller, a 24-year-old Black man, who was found hanging from a tree in Southern California early Friday.
Fuller was found hanging in a park in front of Palmdale City Hall in Poncitlán Square around 3:39 a.m.
Authorities initially believed Fuller committed suicide. The body showed no signs of a struggle and the scene was undisturbed, which would have indicated others hoisted his body into the tree.
But Fuller’s sister, Diamond Alexander insisted her brother was not suicidal.
Sheriff's Captain Ron Shaffer said homicide detectives are now investigating the circumstances leading to his death to determine if foul play was involved.
The news comes after police confirmed a second Black man was found hanging from a tree on May 31 in Victorville - about 45 miles east of Palmdale.
San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller said foul play was not suspected in Harsch's death.
Harsch, 38, was found hanging from a tree near the Victorville City Library.
On Saturday, hundreds of protesters gathered under the tree where Fuller's body was found.
After placing a memorial with balloons and flowers, the crowd marched from the park to the sheriff's station. Many carried signs that read "Justice for Robert Fuller."
More than 100,000 people signed an online petition demanding a full investigation into Fuller's death.
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Tyler Perry's family members are mourning the death of his nephew, who hanged himself in his prison cell on Tuesday night.
The family is demanding answers after the actor and director's nephew, Gavin Porter, committed suicide at a prison facility near St. Helena Parish in Louisiana.
Prison officials insist the 26-year-old inmate hanged himself in his cell, according to TMZ, but Perry's sister, who is the dead man's mom, isn't convinced he took his own life.
Sources tell TMZ Porter was placed in solitary confinement after fighting with another inmate over the weekend.
Gavin was arrested for shooting and killing his biological father in 2016. He pleaded no contest to manslaughter and was sentenced to 20 years.
Perry has yet to comment on the family tragedy.
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