More information is coming out of law enforcement in the April 30 disappearance of 15-year-old Keiosha Felix, among which is a disturbing accusation that at least one family member failed to report a crime against her.
On Tuesday, the boyfriend of Keiosha’s aunt, 43-year-old Leon Wilkerson Jr., was arrested for second-degree kidnapping and simple rape; a day later, her aunt, Patricia Andrus, 40, and cousin, Portia Felix, 20, were arrested in connection with her disappearance. Andrus and Felix live in the same home in the 400 block of Toby Mouton Road, according to news reports.
Andrus was booked on counts of accessory after the fact to simple rape and improper supervision of a minor by a parent or legal custodian, The Advocate reported, and Felix was arrested on one count of obstruction of justice:
(Duson Assistant Police Chief Gerald) Credeur wrote that he had talked to several witnesses who had all stated that Wilkerson, Andrus’ boyfriend, had raped Keiosha Felix. Andrus initially denied knowing anything about the rape, but later told Credeur that Keiosha Felix had told her that Wilkerson “played with her privates,” Credeur wrote.
Andrus would not say whether Wilkerson had actually raped Keiosha Felix, Credeur wrote.
When Credeur asked Andrus why she had not reported the incident to law enforcement or to the state Department of Children and Family Services, “Andrus stated she asked Leon about it and he said it was not true so she left it alone.”
The paper also reported that authorities initially classified Keiosha as a runaway because of misleading information provided by her cousin, Portia, who is now facing an obstruction of justice charge. Police says Portia lied to investigators during several interviews in an effort to make police believe the family had been in contact with Keiosha. At one point, Portia told police that another cousin had been on the phone with Keiosha and that she overheard Keiosha’s voice on the phone.
Credeur told The Daily Advertiser that Keiosha was in the state’s custody and had received a weekend pass to stay with her aunt. He said he was still looking into why she was in the state’s custody.
Police have created a Facebook page called “Find Keiosha Felix Now.” Anyone with information should call the Duson Police Department at (337) 232-9211 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678.
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