THE mother of missing toddler Quinton Simon had a TikTok account where she participated in trends that exposed the struggles of motherhood and the hard truth of parenting skills.
Leilani Simon, who has been named as the prime suspect in the toddler’s disappearance, has posted frequently on her TikTok account but has been inactive since 2020.
In one video, Simon took part in a “fingers down” challenge, a trend in which the user is asked questions about a specific topic.
If the user answers yes to any of the questions, they must press their finger down.
Simon took part in the ‘Mom Edition’ of the challenge when the minute-long clip showed the young mum sitting in a room with all 10 fingers up.
“Put a finger down if you’ve ever used your kids as an excuse to get out of something,” was the first question asked, and Simon put the finger down.
Simon put the finger on other questions, such as whether she’d ever said “potty” instead of “bathroom” while speaking to an adult and admitted to crying in her closet.
There were a few questions that Simon visibly shook his head at, such as not cooking separate meals for the kids or “treating Target as a holiday.”
When asked, “If you’ve thought about fleeing to another country but you’re a good mom so you really wouldn’t but it sounds nice,” Simon pressed her finger down and could be seen how he laughed.
At the end of the video, Simon had nine fingers pressed, with the final question being, “Put one finger down if you’ve ever said, ‘I need mommy friends!'”
Simon stifled a laugh as she put her finger down.
Simon’s last video was posted in May 2020 and she only had around 250 followers on her account.
Little Quinton has been missing since October 5, but this week the Chatham County Police Department announced they now believe he may be dead.
“As you know, our investigations over the past eight days have led us to the heartbreaking conclusion that 20-month-old Quinton Simon has passed away,” Chatham County Police said in a Facebook post Thursday.
“We have named his mother, Leilani Simon, as the prime suspect in Quinton’s disappearance and death. We have not made any arrests or charges in this case.”
The family of the toddler had been informed of the latest developments, the police said.
Despite their initial findings, the department insisted the search for Quinton continue.
“It will proceed with all available resources that we have to bring Quinton’s family to a conclusion and ensure justice is served in this case,” the department said.
According to Fox 5 Atlanta, Quinton lived in Savannah with his mother, her boyfriend, his grandparents and two other children before his disappearance.
Leilani Simon first reported him missing around 9:40 a.m. on October 5, saying he had been in his playpen just hours before.
At the time, Quinton Simon was last seen in a Sesame Street t-shirt and black pants, according to the outlet.
The FBI was closely involved in the investigation.
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