QUINTON Simon’s body was left in a designated dumpster and taken to a landfill, police said they believed, before finding human remains when searching for the toddler.
The 20-month-old man was last seen in Savannah, Georgia on October 5 and his mother, Leilani Simon, has been charged with murder.
“We believe it was placed in a specific dumpster in a specific location and brought here through regular disposal,” Chatham County Police Chief Jeff Hadley said in October when the search at the landfill began.
Police said last week they had found what they believe to be the human remains of a child, but they have not yet confirmed they belong to Quinton.
Leilani’s arrest was announced hours before police revealed human remains were found during a search for little Quinton’s body.
Chief Hadley said evidence led them to a specific section of a local landfill where they believe Quinton’s body was unknowingly dumped.
He added that he assumes the toddler was “thrown in a dumpster” and “unknowingly disposed of at a local landfill.”
Will Clarke, chief executive officer of the Savannah FBI, said the investigation is ongoing as there is still work to be done and the FBI, along with the other law enforcement agencies involved, “will continue to find justice for Quinton.”
The Chatham County Police Department informed the family a few weeks ago that they believe Quinton was dead and named the child’s mother, Leilani Simon, the prime suspect in her son’s death.
Police said Leilani, 22, was taken to the Chatham County Detention Center, where she is being held while awaiting a bail hearing.
Leilani’s arrest comes over a month after authorities named her as the prime suspect in her son’s alleged death and disappearance.
Chatham Police have spent weeks sifting through thousands of pounds of rubbish at the landfill for signs of Quinton’s remains.
Authorities announced on Monday that the search would be suspended.
Hours later, the FBI said, “On Friday, search teams from the FBI and Chatham County found what we tentatively believe to be partial remains of a human child.”
Savannah FBI Senior Supervisor Will Clarke added that the remains were sent “immediately” for further testing.
GRANNY’S SHOCKING CLAIMS
Quinton’s grandmother, Billie Jo Howell, believes the 20-month-old toddler drowned in the bath after Leilani and her boyfriend allegedly got high and left him there.
Howell reportedly made the shocking claims during an 11-minute phone conversation with the missing child’s father, Henry “Bubba” Moss.
According to the Daily Mail, Billie Jo reportedly said in the recording: “I feel like, honestly and frankly, Bubba, I’m not going to lie to you, I feel like there’s been an accident.
“I have a feeling something happened while Quinton was in the bath and he drowned and they were both high. That’s my theory.”
When Quinton’s father told her on the phone that they “should have just gone to the police if something like that happened,” Howell added, “When you’re high as hell man you do stupid shit.”
Leilani reported Quinton missing on Oct. 5 and allegedly blamed her son’s disappearance on his father, claiming her ex took the child from his Georgia home.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6784305/missing-toddler-quinton-simons-body/ Police believed the body of missing toddler Quinton Simon was in a “certain” location before remains were found believed to be his