A DAD has expressed deep concern for his son’s safety and is “questioning everything” after his little boy’s mother was named as the sole suspect in the alleged death of one of her other children.
Chatham County, Georgia police said Thursday that Leilani Simon is the prime suspect in the mysterious disappearance of year-old Quinton Simon and evidence indicates Quinton is dead.
Simon’s ex-boyfriend Cody Wharton, the co-parent of their son Zayne, said he noticed bruises on his face after claiming she tried to overdose last spring while she was depressed, he said in one exclusive interview with The US Sun.
Wharton, who dated Simon since 2011 before their split, said he had not slept since police publicly named her as the prime suspect in Quinton’s Oct. 5 disappearance.
“Zayne needs to be with me. I want to make sure he’s safe,” Wharton said. “I do not sleep. I’m at a point where he needs to be with me.
“Even now I question everything. He is hurt? What does he do? I don’t want to get a call saying your son is injured and needs to be hospitalized.”
Wharton claimed that when Simon was reportedly depressed and trying to overdose, he noticed bruises on Zayne when he picked him up, but thought the bruises were simply because he was being impetuous.
“I do not know what happened. I don’t know how long (the bruising) was there,” he said.
“And when she spoke of an overdose, it scared me because my son was there. But what if she overdosed and I couldn’t get there for two hours?
“She’s always been unpredictable,” he added, speaking of Simon.
“But I wasn’t worried about Zayne’s safety until this all started. She was a good mother. I do not know what happened.”
During the interview, Wharton struggled to find the words to describe how he felt as he repeated each perceived oddity in a stream of consciousness that he now realizes may have been red flags.
For example, he claims that one summer past, Simon was “overwhelmed” and when he picked up his son and all he had were winter clothes.
“NOTHING SCARES ME THAT”
“Right now I want custody. I have to hold my son. I need to see him with my own eyes and make sure he’s safe,” Wharton said.
But he admits that getting full custody is not an easy task as there are many obstacles standing in his way.
Wharton claims authorities told him to fly from New York to Georgia to take a DNA test to prove he’s the father, hire a lawyer to get custody in court and the father – Legitimate son relationship.
It’s unclear who is currently caring for Zayne and Simon’s other child as police continue their investigation into Quinton’s disappearance.
“Nothing scares me like that,” Wharton said. “I knew my son would be taken care of, but I’m not even sure if her parents can take care of him.
“If he were with me, it would give me a calm mind. He deserves a good life and a life full of opportunities. I have a feeling he’s not getting that right now.”
THE LAST TIME WHARTON TALKED TO SIMON
After their casual relationship, Wharton and Simon separated, but became parents to their son Zayne together.
Simon has since been in a relationship with Danny Youngkin and has two other children with him and another husband.
Wharton said she “seems fine” when they spoke last month.
“She said she was excited to be moving into a new house and seemed to have her head on her shoulders and now this has happened,” Wharton said.
He claims he was unaware that Simon’s grandmother filed legal paperwork to remove Simon and Youngkin from their Savanah home.
Her grandmother claimed in the lawsuit, filed Sept. 8, that they “destroyed” the property and “no one lives in peace at this time.”
WHY SIMON WAS NOT ARRESTED
Police and the FBI did not answer specific questions during Thursday’s brief press briefing, which ended after about five minutes.
This prompted a series of questions from the public on social media as to why Leilani wasn’t handcuffed, as they feared she might escape.
Police said they don’t think she poses a flight risk, but they likely have her under surveillance, former FBI agent Jennifer Sargaffe said the US Sun.
Simon has not been arrested or charged as of Friday morning, and Coffinaffer said police are likely to collect further evidence to ensure a conviction.
“They’re not done with the investigation,” the field agent said.
“You have an opportunity to charge someone and to uphold those charges to get a conviction.
“Right now everything is just awkward. They’re likely going through phone records, searching for the body, and awaiting forensic test results before making an arrest. They want all the evidence first.”
The year-old has not been seen since Oct. 5, which Coffinaffer says is only a short time to collect and process evidence gathered at the home and family pool.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6443431/quentin-simon-missing-mom-ex-speaks-out/ Quentin Simon’s mother Leilani Simon “attempted an OD with nearby children” and the toddler’s brother was “bruised,” ex claims say