THE grandmother of Quinton Simon, the Missing boy thought dead by policeShe broke her silence after an altercation with the boy’s babysitter.
Little Quinton Simon mysteriously disappeared from his home in Chatham County, Georgia on October 5th.
Quinton’s grandmother, Billie Jo Howell, appeared to have shared a post over the weekend before deleting her Facebook profile.
“We welcome prayer and kindness to our garden that shows hope for Quinton. We love him and are completely devastated.
“The gifts for him give us hope in humanity.”
Howell and Quinton’s babysitter, Diana Michelle Mccarta, got into an alleged altercation that was caught on video.
McCarta has spoken out about the incident and offered her version of the story.
“The reason she barged into my house is … because I offered to cook for her and hand out flyers,” McCarta said in an Oct. 11 Facebook video.
“I don’t understand why that made her so angry. She told me that I’m going too far because I’m just the babysitter.
“If my child or grandchildren were missing… I wish everyone would help me.
“I know I texted or called the grandmother many times because she had custody.
“She stormed into my house and got angry because she said I would put up a memorial for her grandson. I never said that.
“I didn’t know that bringing a bunch of people together to pray for Quinton was a memorial.
“I didn’t realize that cooking her food was beyond my limits. I thought that’s what you should do when a family is going through something.
“These babies didn’t come to me with bruises every day. Quinton was bruised. But he also fell a lot because he was running.
“I was not there. I don’t know if his mother hit him or bruised him.
“All I know is that he was taken care of while he was here. The right people knew what was going on.
‘HIT ME, HIT ME’
Howell reportedly stormed into McCarta’s home and accused her of taking the missing toddler.
The grandmother can also be heard screaming “my baby is not dead” after McCarta spoke about creating a memorial.
The shocking footage was captured by McCarta’s daughter and shared with local news station WSAV.
Howell – who reportedly has custody of Quinton, 20 months – and his babysitter Mccarta have accused each other of lying.
At one point, McCarta challenges the grandmother, “Hit me, hit me” – and Howell replies, “You think I would?”
She then yells at McCarta, “Got Quinton? You’re the only one who can go into my house and take him away.”
The footage surfaced after Mccarta revealed she received a “strange” text hours before little Quinton disappeared in Savannah, Georgia on Oct. 5.
She said Quinton’s mother, Leilani Simon, informed her she was not needed to look after the toddler and his brother.
Mccarta told WSAV, “I got a text at 5.29am saying they wouldn’t be here, (I) wouldn’t babysit them.
“Which was kind of weird because I have her even when she’s not working.”
She added: “And then at 9am I get a text saying if I’ve seen Quinton.
“I’ll go straight to your house. I try to help them search, they didn’t want that. So I just waited like everyone else.
“My heart is broken. I’m not his mother. I’m not his family. But I love him very much and I just don’t know what could happen.”
Quinton has been missing since October 5, but this week the Chatham County Police Department announced they now believe he is 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.
“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, police 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.
His mother first reported him missing around 9:40 a.m. on October 5, saying he had been in his playpen just hours before.
Back then, Quinton was last seen in a Sesame Street t-shirt and black pants.
The FBI was involved in the investigation.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6458444/quinton-simon-grandma-breaks-silence-after-babysitter-argument/ Quinton Simon updates as grandma breaks her silence after heated argument with babysitter who hits her and ‘reveals her truth’