Eight days have passed since the disappearance of Quinton Simon, a 20-month-old boy whose case has shocked Georgia, in USA. In the last few hours, the matter is turning around as the Chatham County police believe that the minor is dead and that his mother, Leilani Simon, is the main suspect.
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“We are sad to report that CCPD and the FBI have notified the family of Quinton Simon that we believe he is deceased. We have named his mother, Leilani Simon, as the main suspect in his disappearance and death. However, no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed.”, Police said in a statement posted on Twitter.
We are saddened to report that CCPD and the FBI have notified Quinton Simon’s family that we believe he is deceased. We have named his mother, Leilani Simon, as the prime suspect in his disappearance and death. But, no arrests have been made and no charges have been filed.
— Chatham County Police Department (@ChathamCountyPD) October 13, 2022
“We know that this information has broken the hearts of thousands around the world, we share their sadness,” the county account tweeted. Chatham.
What is known about the case
Quinton Simon disappeared on Wednesday, October 5, from his home in Savannahaccording to county police Chathamlocated on the border between Georgia and South Carolina.
The boy was last seen at 6 a.m. at 500 Buckhalter Road. The his mother, Lelani Simoninformed the police of his disappearance at 9:40 in the morning.
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The boy’s mother, 22, told police her son was playing in a playpen when he was last seenalthough previous reports suggested that Quinton he wandered off and left, CNN reported.
Diana McCartaher babysitter for 10 months, told WSAV in an interview that she had to take care of Quinton that day, but at 5:30 am he was told that his services were not needed.
“I got a text this morning saying they wouldn’t be here, I didn’t have to take care of them. Which was a little weird because I take care of them even when she’s not working.”said Diana McCarta to the local WSAV, referring to Leilani.
McCarta stated that he received another message from the mother of Quinton later that same October 5 in which he asked if he knew where the child was and “immediately” went to the family’s house to help in the search.
He added that they refused his help.
At the time of his disappearance, Quinton Simon was dressed in a light blue Sesame Street shirt and black pants.
The FBI is involved in the search because of the possibility that the disappearance of Quinton be a kidnapping, although this remains unconfirmed.
The police have searched a nearby pond, a swimming pool and the home of the minor’s family.
County Police Chief ChathamJeff Hadley commented Friday that they had “exhausted” searching an area where Quinton might have wandered, according to ABC News.
“We have tried to use all available resources within the scope of our investigation to try to gain a better understanding of what happened to the little boy. Quinton”, Hadley said.
What relatives say
Speaking to reporters last week, the grandparents of Quinton they said that the child’s mother “has not always done the right thing” and expressed their concern for the minor.
“Sometimes he does it very well, sometimes he doesn’t”, grandmother Billie Jo Howell told ABC30. “I don’t know what to think right now… I don’t know if I can trust her or not. I just know that it hurts and I want this baby to be home. His My Baby”.
Howell reportedly lived at the same address as Quinton and Simon along with her husband, Thomas Howell, and their daughter’s boyfriend, WJCL reported.
Last month, Howell filed court papers to evict her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend of the house
According to court documents obtained by WJCL, the child’s maternal grandmother has custody of Quinton and his three-year-old brother.
The authorities ruled out a case related to the custody of the minor because they had contact with the biological father of Quinton and is not seen as suspicious.
The mother of Quinton He has not spoken to reporters.
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