Quinton Simon’s mother arraigned on murder charges

Posted at 8:48 AM, November 23, 2022 and last updated 3:16 PM, July 7, 2023

SAVANNAH, Ga. (COURT TV) — Leilani Simon is set to make her first court appearance today. She’s charged with malice murder in the death of her 20-month-old son, Quinton Simon.

L to R: Leilani Simon, Quinton Simon. (Chatham County Police Dept.)

Simon, who police say is the sole suspect in the case, initially reported the boy missing from their home near Savannah, Georgia on October 5.

Quinton was presumed dead by police on October 12, although the search for the little boy would continue. Simon, 22, was named a suspect that same day.

Simon was not arrested, however, until this past Monday, when the Chatham County Police Department announced the mother was taken into custody on charges of malice murder, concealing the death of another person, false reporting and making false statements.

Law enforcement personnel have spent the past month sifting through over a million pounds of garbage in a Chatham County landfill. Last Friday, human remains of a child were found in that landfill.

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Authorities believe the remains are Quinton’s, but are working to positively identify him. The remains were sent to the lab at FBI headquarters in Quantico, Virginia, where DNA testing is taking place.

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