Quinton Simon Dead – Daily Updates, his Body Likely in Landfill, Leilani Simon Named as Prime Suspect!

Quinton Simon Dead - Daily Updates, his Body Likely in Landfill, Leilani Simon Named as Prime Suspect!

Updated Events in the Disappearance of Quinton Simon as of October 19, 2022

  • October 5th – Quinton Simon was reported missing by his mother Leilani Simon at 9am.
  • October 5th – A Multi-department search began soon after 2-year-old Quinton was reported missing
  • October 12th – Removal of Leilani Simon’s other children from their legal guardian, Billie Jo Howell.
  • October 12th – Billie Jo Howell goes off on Quinton Simon’s Babysitter! (Video at the Bottom of the page)
  • October 13th – Leilani Simon was announced as the prime suspect in the disappearance of her son Quinton Simon.
  • October 17th First custody Hearing takes place for the other children of Leilani Simon.
  • October 18th – Authorities say they believe the body of Quinton Simon was placed in a dumpster and begin searching the landfill for evidence.

Latest on the Disappearance of Quinton Simon!

Leilani Simon has been named the prime suspect in the disappearance of her 20-month-old son, Quinton Simon. Quinton Simon was reported missing by his mother on October 5th. Child Protective Services removed Leilani Simon’s other children from her mother, Billie Jo Howell’s, custody on October 12th. On October 13th, Leilani Simon was named as the prime suspect in the disappearance and likely murder of her son Quinton Simon. On October 18th, Authorities say they believe the body of Quinton Simon was placed in a dumpster and begin searching the landfill for.

The Beginning of the Quinton Simon’s Disappearance!

The Chatham County police chief says he has “every belief” that they will find Quinton somewhere in the Waste Management landfill. But the search won’t be easy, is expected to take several days, require dozens of personnel and the outcome – in the words of the FBI – is uncertain.

drone footage in the search for Quinton Simon
Drone footage in the search for Quinton Simon

“We believe he was placed in a specific dumpster in a specific location and it was brought here through regular means of disposal,”

Chief Hadley said Tuesday

“We did not want to end up at this point, but the evidence has taken us here,”

“We’re not just randomly searching this landfill. We have evidence–specific evidence–that leads us to this large property.”

Statement made by FBI Sr. Supervisory Resident Agent Will Clarke

Quinton Simon was reported missing on October 5th

Image of 1 year old Quinton Simon
Image of 1-year-old Quinton Simon

Leilani first reported her son, Quinton Simon, missing at 9 a.m. on October 5th. He was last seen at the home she shared with her boyfriend, as well as Quinton, her 3-year-old son, and her parents. At the time of Quinton’s disappearance, her mother, Billie Jo Howell, had legal custody of both children.

Leilani reportedly told dispatchers she believed someone took her son from his playpen while she was sleeping. However, at 5:30 a.m. that day, she sent Quinton’s babysitter a text telling her not to come.

911 Dispatcher after Leilani Simon reported her 20-month-old son Quinton Simon missing!

911 Dispatcher after Leilani Simon reported her 20-month-old son Quinton Simon missing!

On the day Quinton Simon first went missing Savannah Police mounted patrol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a Liberty County Sheriff’s Office K-9 team, and a Mosquito Control helicopter along with neighbors and volunteers all took part in the search for the missing 20-month-old boy.

Quinton Simon is likely Dead, His mother, Leilani Simon is the Prime Suspect!

Image of 1 year old Quinton Simon
Image of 1-year-old Quinton Simon.

Quinton has been missing since Oct. 5. Police said Wednesday they believe Quinton is deceased and they have named his mother Leilani Simon as the prime suspect in his disappearance and death.

During a news conference on October 13th, Chatham County Police Chief Jeff Hadley stated that police and the FBI have come to the conclusion Quinton Simon is dead. A conclusion they reached through evidence gathered with search warrants and interviews they have conducted.

Chief Hadley also confirmed, at this time, Leilani Simon is the only suspect in Quinton’s disappearance and death. Leilani Simon has not been arrested or formally charged yet, according to the chief.

Image of Leilani Simon from social media.
Image of Leilani Simon taken from social media.

Why hasn’t Leilani Simon Been Arrested?

Legal analyst Philip Holloway gave some insight into why police are holding off on arresting Simon.

“The fact that she has not been arrested, at least not yet, tells me [police] are working very carefully to cross their T’s and dot all their I’s,”

Philip Holloway

Holloway also presumes the reason Simon hasn’t been arrested may have to do with the fact police haven’t found Quinton Simon’s body yet.

“They need to find the remains if they can because even though it’s not required to have a body to prosecute a murder under Georgia law, it’s always better if they can identify a cause and manner of death,”

Holloway added police may also be making sure their case is rock solid before moving forward with an arrest.

“If they make mistakes now, it could actually jeopardize the long-term success of the prosecution when they have to prove somebody’s guilt”

Leilani Simon’s Not Considered a Flight Risk!

Chief of Police Jeff Hadley made it clear to reporters on Thursday that they don’t believe Leilani Simon is a flight risk. Philip Holloway said this means either she doesn’t have the means to travel or investigators have taken steps to ensure she won’t go anywhere.

“It’s possible they have maybe taken passports and things that would prevent someone’s ability to leave. They’ve got their reasons for deciding she’s not a flight risk. I don’t know what those are, but I would surmise it’s got something to do with all those factors,”

“They know a prosecutor is going to have to get into court at some point in the future and prove this case to a jury satisfaction beyond a reasonable doubt,”

Legal analyst Philip Holloway

On October 18th Chief Hadley made the following statement when asked why hasn’t been arrested yet,

“There’s a very sequential process that takes place here,” Hadley said last week. “It may be frustrating to the general public, it may be frustrating to y’all that things aren’t developing as quickly as you may like. But we’ve got to make sure that we’re doing the right thing, that we’re being lawful, making sure we dot our I’s and cross our T’s. So that if we discover evidence, it can be admissible in court and we can use it in court if we have to.”

Legal analyst Philip Holloway

Removing Leilani Simon’s Children!

Billie Jo Howell with Quinton Simon
Billie Jo Howell with Quinton Simon

Authorities have removed the other two children, Leilani Simon, the mother of the missing one-year-old, Quinton Simon. According to court documents, Leilani Simon has previously admitted to using drugs while pregnant.

Simon’s mother, Billie Jo Howell, has been the legal guardian of her grandchildren. She has had a rocky relationship with her daughter and recently attempted to evict her.

Court documents suggested the family was at odds prior to the child’s disappearance. In the documents, Quinton Simon’s grandmother, Billie Jo Howell was trying to evict Leilani Simon and her boyfriend, Daniel Youngkin, from the residence.

They have damaged my property and at this point, no one is living in peace,”

She added that she wanted Leilani and Youngkin out of the home,

“as soon as possible.

From court documents obtained by WJCL
Video of Billie Jo Howell stating Leilani Simon “hasn’t always done the right thing”

Billie Jo Howell made the following statement when asked about her daughter, Leilani Simon,

“She hasn’t always done the right thing,” Billie Jo said of her daughter on Thursday. “Sometimes she does really great, sometimes she doesn’t. I don’t know what to think right now. I don’t know what to believe, because I don’t think anybody ever believes this is going to happen to them. I don’t know if I can trust her or I don’t. I just know I’m hurting and I want this baby home. He’s my baby”

Billie Jo Howell
Image of Quinton Simon taken from Billie Jo Howell's social media.
Image of Quinton Simon taken from Billie Jo Howell’s social media.

Billie Jo Howell Failed to provide adequate supervision!

But, Howell was found by Child Protective Services in Chatham County, Georgia to have ‘failed to provide adequate supervision.’

She allegedly left the children in their mother’s care while she traveled out of state. However, the state assessment shows Billie Jo Howell, “knew or should have known”, her daughter, Leilani Simon, was unfit to provide proper care for the children.

The two children have now been placed in foster care until custody proceedings are completed in the courts.

Video discussion about Billie Jo Howell losing custody.
Image of Leilani Simon taken from Billie Jo Howell's social media.
Image of Leilani Simon taken from social media.

First custody Hearing for Leilani Simon’s children

The first custody hearing for Quinton’s two siblings was held on Monday at the Chatham County Juvenile Court. It remains unclear what happened in the court proceeding, where Leilani Simon was seen wearing a dress and a mask sitting next to her mother, WTOC reports.

The fathers of the children also appeared at the hearing over video chat, as they fought for custody.

“Zayne needs to be with me. I want to make sure he’s safe”

He said he is,

“Questioning everything”

“I don’t want to get a call saying your son is hurt and going to the hospital.”

Cody Wharton, father of one of Leilani Simon’s children.

Wharton noted that Leilani Simon has struggled with her mental health in the past, and even claimed she tried to overdose last spring while she was watching their son. He added,

“She’s always been unpredictable, but I wasn’t worried about Zayne’s safety until all this started going on.”

Cody Wharton

Video Leilani Simon posted to TikTok Account about being a mother!

Video posted to Leilani Simon’s TikTok page.

According to the New York Post, Simon posted a second video to her TikTok page. In it, Leilani Simon alluded to her struggles with parenting.

In the video, Simon took part in a challenge in which users were asked questions about topics and were supposed to put “one finger down” if they answer yes to any questions.

“Put a finger down if you’ve ever used your kids as an excuse to get out of something,” was the first thing that Leilani Simon put her finger down for.

She also put her finger down for other questions, including whether she had ever said “potty” instead of “bathroom”, and admitted to crying in her closet.

Leilani Simon also put her finger down and laughed when asked: “If you’ve considered running away to another country but you’re a good mom so you really wouldn’t do it but it sounds nice.”

As of this time, Leilani Simon has not been charged with a crime.

Raw Video in Full – Billie Jo Howell goes off on Quinton’s Simon’s babysitter!

Raw Video in Full – Billie Jo Howell goes off on Quinton’s Simon’s babysitter!

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Quinton Simon is likely Dead, His mother, Leilani Simon is the Prime Suspect!

Leilani Simon, Billie Jo Howell with Quinton Simon
Leilani Simon