Quinton Simon: Leilani Simon, mother of missing Savannah toddler charged with his murder

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The mother of a 18-month old toddler – who went missing six weeks ago – has been charged with his murder, as police revealed the little boy’s suspected remains had been found.

Police in Savannah, Georgia, had been searching for Quinton Simon after he disappeared at the beginning of October, with his mother telling officers she had last seen him in his play pen.

Police said that the little boy’s mother, Leilani Simon, had been the one to alert the authorities to his disappearance, saying she had last seen him on Oct 5. They have been been conducting a widespread search, that included a landfill.

On Monday afternoon, police in Georgia’s Chatham County said that Ms Simon, 22, had been charged over his disappearance and alleged murder.

“The Chatham County Police Department has arrested 22-year-old Leilani Simon and charged her with murder in connection with the disappearance and death of her son, 20-month-old Quinton Simon,” the force said in a tweet.

“Leilani Simon was taken into custody a short time ago, and is being transported to the Chatham County Detention Center where she will be held while she awaits a bond hearing.”

It added: “We do not anticipate any other arrests in connection with this case.”

The MailOnline reported that on Monday evening, police said they had found what they believed were the little boy’s remains. DNA tests were now being carried out.

Chief Jeff Hadley said the discovery of what were believed to be human remains was a “heartbreaking development”.

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

“We had every belief he would be in the landfill. We have put thousands of hours into this.”

Chatham County Police Chief Jeff Hadley speaks to reporters as he stands in front of a photo of missing toddler

(WSAV-TV)

According to police, Ms Simon’s boyfriend, Danny Youngkin, was the last one to see him, at around 6am on the day he vanished. It was not after 9am, that his mother reported him missing.

“She doesn’t deserve a Thanksgiving, quite frankly if I can go off script a little bit,” said Mr Hadley.

Ms Simon is being held in the Chatham County jail awaiting a bond hearing. It was not immediately clear if she has been assigned a lawyer, or given a chance to enter a plea.

Quinton Simon disappeared on Oct 5 from his house in Savannah, Georgia

(Chatham County Police Department )

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