Missing toddler’s mother accused of murdering him as remains found

Missing toddler’s mother accused of murdering him as remains found

Leilani Simon (right) has been charged with the disappearance and death of her son Quinton Simon (left) (Pictures: Chatham County Detention Centre)

The mother of a missing 20-month-old boy has been charged with his disappearance and death, with authorities believing they found his remains in a landfill.

Leilani Simon, 22, was arrested on Monday, more than six weeks after Quinton Simon disappeared from their home in Savannah, Georgia. Leilani reported her son missing on October 5 and her search continued to make national headlines.

“Millions of people have been following Quinton’s case and are waiting for answers,” tweeted Chatham County Police Department.

“We are deeply saddened by this case, but we are grateful to have taken another step towards justice for little Quinton.”

Leilani Simon has been charged with murder in connection with the death of her son Quinton Simon (Picture: Harnett County Sheriff’s Office)

On Monday evening, Police Chief Jeff Hadley confirmed that law enforcement had located human remains and DNA analysis was underway.

“What happened to the child is unthinkable,” Hadley said.

“We were convinced that he would be in the dump. We have spent thousands of hours on this.

Hadley tearfully repeated that Leilani “was the only suspect all along.”

“We think we have a very strong case,” Hadley said. “She doesn’t deserve a Thanksgiving, frankly. Quinton deserves it.

Leilani allegedly told 911 dispatchers that she woke up at 9 a.m. and found the gate to Quinton’s park open, and said someone had taken him out. But the mother-of-three called several hours after Leilani texted her babysitter to cancel plans for the day.

Quinton Simon was last seen at his home on October 5

Quinton Simon was last seen at his home on October 5 (Picture: Chatham County Detention Centre)

The mother has been charged with murder and is being held in Chatham County Detention Center pending her bail hearing. Leilani’s other two children were removed from her care last month.

Police said no further arrests in the case are expected.

As the search for Quinton unfolded, another tragedy struck the Simon family. Earlier this month, Quinton’s grandfather, Henry Dale Moss Sr, was struck and killed by a vehicle on a Burke County highway.

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