Missing toddler believed dead, mother prime suspect

Update 1:10 p.m.: The Chatham County Police Department and FBI held a press briefing on the current status of the case. Watch it in full above. Authorities continue to believe Quinton is deceased. The search for him continues. So far no charges Update 10 a.m.: The police have announced a press conference for 1 p.m. Check back to see it live. First report: On Wednesday evening, more than a week after 20-month-old Savannah toddler Quinton Simon went missing from his home, police issued an update on the investigation. Together with the FBI, they informed the family that the child is presumed dead. Also, Quinton’s mother, Leilani Simon, is the prime suspect in the case. No arrests were made and no charges were brought. More information is expected to be released sometime on Thursday. Bottom video: The search for the missing Savannah toddler continues a week after Quinton Simon was last seen The child was last seen around 6am on October 5th. He was reported missing about three hours later. The Chatham County Police Department is leading the investigation with the help of several other law enforcement agencies, including dozens of FBI agents and associates. On Tuesday, police said they had seized evidence they believe will lead to the closure of the case. It did not specify what that evidence was, nor did the police speak to the media after the statement. TRENDING STORIESTimeline: The search for missing Savannah toddler Quinton SimonAfter a week of searching, police say the Savannah toddler is presumed dead, the mother the prime suspect on ‘American Idol’, the runner-up, Georgia native Willie Spence im Dead at age 23Video below: Police analyze new evidence found in Quinton Simon missing infant case in SavannahA 911 call received by WJCL sheds light on what authorities were told of Quinton’s disappearance in the morning. “She woke up, her door was open. Told him he can’t open a door. Thinks someone came in and took him.” Earlier this week, the Chatham Fire was called to the house to begin pumping the backyard pool. It’s unclear if they found any clues. Video below: Chatham County Police Chief provides update on search for toddler Quinton Simon on MondayCourt documents obtained by WJCL show the family were at odds before Quinton’s disappearance. Leilani and her boyfriend Daniel Youngkin out of the house. Billie Jo, Leilani’s mother, said in the document, “They have damaged my property and no one is living in peace at this time.” She added that she left Leilani and Daniel “as soon as possible” out. Documents also show that Quinton’s grandparents, Billie Jo and her husband, are the ones who have custody of Quinton and his 3-year-old brother. Bottom video: Hear from Quinton’s grandparents “She hasn’t always done the right thing,” Billie Jo said of her daughter Thursday. “Sometimes she’s really great at it, sometimes she’s not. I don’t know what to think at the moment. I don’t know what to believe because I don’t think anyone ever believes this will happen to them. I don’t know if I can trust her or not. All I know is that it hurts me and I want this baby to be home. He’s my baby.” Police say a search of the home, the backyard pool and a nearby pond was conducted. A hotline has been set up to get information on the case: 912-667-3134. Bottom video: Initial coverage of the disappearance

Update 1:10 p.m.: Chatham County Police and the FBI held a press conference on where the case stands now. Watch it in full above.

Authorities continue to believe Quinton is deceased. The search for him continues.

To date, no charges have been filed.

Update 10am: Police announced a press conference at 1 p.m. Check back to see it live.

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First shift: Police released an update on the investigation Wednesday night, more than a week after 20-month-old Savannah toddler Quinton Simon went missing from his home.

Together with the FBI, they informed the family that the child was presumed dead.

Also, Quinton’s mother, Leilani Simon, is the prime suspect in the case.

No arrests were made and no charges were brought.

More information is expected to be released sometime on Thursday.

Bottom video: The search for the missing Savannah toddler continues a week after Quinton Simon was last seen

The child was last seen around 6am on October 5. He was reported missing about three hours later.

The Chatham County Police Department is leading the investigation with the help of several other law enforcement agencies, including dozens of FBI agents and employees.

On Tuesday, police said they had seized evidence they believe will lead to the closure of the case. It did not specify what that evidence was, nor did the police speak to the media after the statement.

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Bottom video: Police analyze new evidence found in the case of Quinton Simon’s missing toddler in Savannah

A 911 call received by WJCL sheds light on what authorities were told of Quinton’s disappearance that morning.

“The complainant has reported that her 1-year-old son is missing,” the dispatcher is heard to say. “She woke up, her door was open. Told him he can’t open a door. Thinks someone came in and took him.”

Earlier this week, Chatham Fire was called to the house to begin pumping the backyard pool. It’s unclear if they found any clues.

Bottom File Video: The Chatham County Police Chief provides an update Monday on the search for toddler Quinton Simon

Court documents obtained by WJCL show the family were at odds before Quinton’s disappearance.

The documents show that Billie Jo Howell, Quinton’s grandmother, attempted to remove the child’s mother, Leilani, and her boyfriend, Daniel Youngkin, from the home.

Billie Jo, Leilani’s mother, said in the document, “They have damaged my property and no one lives in peace at this time.”

She added that she wanted Leilani and Daniel out “as soon as possible.”

Documents also show that Quinton’s grandparents, Billie Jo and her husband, are the ones who have custody of Quinton and his 3-year-old brother.

Bottom video: Hear from Quinton’s grandparents

“She hasn’t always done the right thing,” Billie Jo said of her daughter Thursday. “Sometimes she’s really great at it, sometimes she’s not. I don’t know what to think at the moment. I don’t know what to believe because I don’t think anyone ever believes this will happen to them. I don’t know if I can trust her or not. All I know is that it hurts me and I want this baby to be home. He’s my baby.”

Police say a search was conducted of the home, the backyard pool and a nearby pond.

A hotline has been set up for information on the case: 912-667-3134.

Bottom video: Initial coverage of the disappearance


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