The mother of missing toddler Quinton Simon has been charged with his murder have the little boy’s body was found in landfill.
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.
During a press conference on Monday night Chatham County Police Chief Jeff Hadley said police confirmed they had found human remains with DNA analysis being conducted.
Chief Hadley became emotional during the 15 minutes press conference as he described the findings as a ‘heartbreaking development’.
Chatham County Police explained how the search of landfill which is still continuing began one month ago with the partial remains of a human child being found.
The bones were sent to a lab with additional testing now underway to confirm the remains are indeed Quinton’s. Police they have a ‘high level of confidence’ that they are those of the youngsters with a final result likely within days.
‘What happened to the child is unthinkable,’ Hadley said during a question and answer session with journalists.
‘We had every belief he would be in the landfill. We have put thousands of hours into this,’ Hadley explained.
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 saddened by this case, but we are thankful that we are one step closer to justice for little Quinton,’ police said in its statement on Monday afternoon.
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.