US NEWS: Neighbors celebrate arrest of Georgia toddler Quinton Simon’s mom

Neighbors of Leilani Simon, the Georgia mom charged in the disappearance and murder of her toddler son, are “glad” she has been arrested.

“From the first day it just did not feel right,” Gerri McCusker told WTOC Monday.

McCusker lives near the Savannah home where Leilani, 22, reported her 20-month-old son, Quinton Simon, missing on Oct. 5.

She was arrested Monday afternoon after police confirmed the discovery of remains believed to be Quinton’s Friday.

“I was happy. I’m glad that they’ve arrested her. It’s just been heartbreaking and this is the best news that’s come out of that situation,” McCusker added.

Leilani was named the prime suspect in her son’s disappearance just days after he went missing, when Chatham County police confirmed they believed the toddler was deceased.

In the weeks since the disappearance, Leilani and her family aroused further suspicion through their inconsistent statements and bizarre partying during the investigation.

In one interview with police, Leilani’s mother, Billie Jo Howell, admitted that her daughter — who has two other young children — “hasn’t always done the right thing.”

But in an interview with WTOC aired earlier this month, Leilani vehemently maintained her innocence.

“I’ve been here every day since [Quinton went missing]. I’m not running and I’m not hiding,” she said tearfully.

“If something comes up that I am at fault, I will take myself to that police station.”


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