Missing toddler Quinton Simon’s mother is charged with his murder  

Mother of missing toddler Quinton Simon is arrested and charged with his murder – six weeks after he vanished – and four weeks after she downed shots in bar while cops searched for his body

  • Leilani Simon, 22, was arrested and charged on Monday, Chatham County Police Department said in a statement
  • Simon reported 20-month-old Quinton missing from their Savannah, Georgia home on October 5 
  • His body has not been found, but police have ruled that he was murdered 
  • Police suspect Quinton’s body was placed in a dumpster and investigators had searched for his body in a nearby landfill 

The mother of missing toddler Quinton Simon has been charged with his murder. 

Leilani Simon, 22, was arrested and charged on Monday, Chatham County Police Department said in a statement. Police said they do not anticipate making any other arrests. 

Simon reported 20-month-old Quinton missing from their Savannah, Georgia home on October 5. His body has not been found, but police have ruled that he was murdered. 

‘We are deeply sadded by this case, but we are thankful that we are one step closer to justice for little Quinton,’ police said in its statement.

According to police, Leilani’s boyfriend, Danny Youngkin, was the last one to see him around 6am on the day he vanished – but it wasn’t until after 9am that his mother reported him missing.

Police suspect Quinton’s body was placed in a dumpster and investigators had searched for his body in a nearby landfill. 

Leilani was the prime suspect in the disappearance and presumed death of the 20-month-old. Child Protective Services also removed her two other children from her custody on October 12. 

Two weeks after Quinton’s disappearance, Leilani and her mother, Billie Jo Jowell, were at Sting Ray’s, a beach bar in the nearby vacation town of Tybee Island, drowning their sorrows. A photo of Leilani inside the bar was obtained by WSAV.  

DailyMail.com revealed that the pair spent around three hours at the bar, sitting outside in a large group, downing Patron shots and pestering their server to drink with them. 

This is a developing story 

Leilani Simon, 22, was charged on Monday, Chatham County Police Department said in a statement.  She is pictured in a 2021 mugshot after an arrest for theft in North Carolina

Leilani Simon, 22, was charged on Monday, Chatham County Police Department said in a statement.  She is pictured in a 2021 mugshot after an arrest for theft in North Carolina

Twenty-month-old Quinton Simon has been missing since October

Twenty-month-old Quinton Simon has been missing since October 

While Leilani and her mother were seen, agents were searching this landfill for any signs of little Quinton's remains

While Leilani and her mother were seen, agents were searching this landfill for any signs of little Quinton’s remains

The Chatham County Police Department shared photos of the team sorting through tons of garbage as they search for little Quinton

The Chatham County Police Department shared photos of the team sorting through tons of garbage as they search for little Quinton 

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