Quinton Simon, the 20-month-old son of Leilani Simon, was reported missing by his grandparents, Howell Thomas and Jo Billie, from their home on Buckhalter Road shortly before 10 a.M. On October 5th.
In December, his grandmother was taken into custody. In relation to the tragic incident involving the young child, Leilani was formally accused a few weeks afterwards. The remains of Quinton, which were later identified, were found at a landfill in the county over a month later.
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One week after the young child was reported as being lost, a large-scale investigation of a landfill in Chatham County commenced.
The remains of a missing toddler, Quinton Simon, were discovered in a Chatham landfill.
The Chatham County Police and the FBI are currently carrying out an investigation at the landfill in order to locate the body of Quinton Simon, a child who was 20 months old.
While conducting the search, law enforcement officers thoroughly searched through 1.2 million pounds of garbage.
According to the Police Department, “The working conditions were arduous and perilous, and searchers knew that the likelihood of locating Quinton were minimal. Historically, the FBI states that landfill searches are only effective 5 percent of the time.”
The search was conducted by multiple law enforcement agencies including the FBI, Chatham County Police, Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
The FBI Laboratory Division confirmed Quinton Simon’s skeletal remains ten days later, following the discovery of partial body parts at the landfill on November 18th.
Quinton Simon’s obituary highlights passion for music
Quinton Oruta (Ruth) Simon, a 21-month-old toddler from Savannah, Georgia, passed away and ascended to Heaven on Wednesday, October 5, 2022.
Quinton, who was born in Hinesville, Georgia, was a little monkey who always gave love and made everyone proud. Every time someone came close, he would ask for a fist bump and clap his hands. He loved to dance, spin, and smile in a circle, especially when the music was playing in the mornings. No matter what he was doing, even if it was something for someone else, he never forgot to say “thank you.” He was a loving, smart, fun, happy, and bright little monkey. He enjoyed copying his brother and chasing after him. Quinton loved watching shows like Dragon Tales, Paw Patrol, PJ Masks, and playing with tablets, phones, and TV remotes.
Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Homes in Pooler was responsible for handling the arrangements.
Leilani Simon’s mother accused of intentional homicide
Leilani Simon, a 22-year-old individual, was taken into custody by Chatham County Police on Nov. 21 due to the disappearance of Quinton Simon, a toddler who is 20 months old. She is facing charges of malice murder, concealing the death of someone else, providing false information, and giving false statements.
A Chatham County grand jury Dec. 14 issued a true bill of indictment against Leilani Simon for the murder of her son.
The grand jury of Chatham County has charged Leilani Simon with the murder of Quinton Simon.
Jones Cook, Shalena, an attorney in the District County Chatham, stood outside her office. The charges against Jones Cook, Shalena, an attorney in the District County Chatham, detailed 19 felony charges against Simon. These charges include one count of concealing death and one count of reporting falsely, both related to the death of Simon. Additionally, during a police investigation, Jones Cook, Shalena, made 14 false statements. There is also one count of concealing another crime and two counts of felony murder, one of which is malice murder. All these charges are against Simon.
On October 12th, the Chatham County Police Department identified Leilani as the main suspect in Quinton’s vanishing.
On November 23rd, a judge in Chatham County denied Leilani’s request for bail. She had opted out of having a hearing to assert her entitlement to bail.
Grandmother Billie Jo Betterton accused of contempt
On December 12th, Billie Jo Betterton, a 45-year-old woman who is the grandmother of Quinton Simon, was taken into custody and registered at the Chatham County Detention Center. Betterton, who is also referred to as Billie Jo Howell, was accused of contempt of court. These charges do not relate to her daughter’s indictment for the killing of her own grandson.
Family dispute documented between Quinton’s mom and grandmother
According to court documents and police reports, there had been conflict between Betterton and her daughter before Quinton vanished.
When Quinton went missing, Betterton had gained custody of him and an elder sibling.
Quinton Simon Update: Canine search units deployed to residence as Chatham County detectives examine evidence in relation to family issues.
Daniel Youngkin and Leilani were ousted from the residence on Buckhalter Road by Billie Jo, who submitted a dispossessory notice with the Chatham County Magistrate Court in early September.
Simon Leilani failed to appear in Superior Court on September 21st, as ordered by Judge Colbert Lisa, to address the default on the Support Child and Paternity Order. In April, the Child Support Services Division of the Georgia Department of Human Services sued Simon Leilani, requiring him to pay $150 per month, adjusted for low-income individuals, to remit monthly child support payments for his two sons.
Quinton Simon’s dad and other relatives
Quinton Betterton, Joe Swain, Paul Simon, Logan Simon, Matthew Simon, Michael Simon, Evelyn Simon, Michael and Ruth Sikes, Vernon and grandparents, Tommy Howell, Billie and grandparents, sister and a brother; Jr. Moss, Henry father, are the survivors listed in Quinton’s Simon’s obituary, along with his mother, Maree Leilani, from Aside.
Quinton’s vanishing attracted widespread national interest.
Steps to minimize “disturbance” on the road led the police to enforce after Quinton’s vanishing, demonstrators began appearing in front of the family’s residence.
Protesters gather at the residence of Simon family. Quinton Simon: Chatham police reveal strategies to ‘minimize disturbance’ outside their house.
The windows and doors of the Simon residence were forcefully knocked on by an individual who was apprehended. Some individuals attempted to hinder the residents while others blocked the driveway. Several protestors were taken into custody.
The police department said that they were trying to focus on the most massive investigation in the history of CCPD, while protests were taking away “precious resources” from the department.
In a statement, law enforcement mentioned that “This is unacceptable and has to stop. They have turned his tragic and heartbreaking case into a money-making circus, much to the dismay of those who live in the area and want to enjoy the tranquility and peace of their homes.”