Missing toddler presumed dead, mother prime suspect

Missing toddler presumed dead, mother prime suspect

Update 10 am: Police have announced a 1 pm press conference. Check back to watch it live.Initial report: On Wednesday night, more than a week after 20-month-old Savannah toddler Quinton Simon disappeared from his home, police issued an update in the investigation.They, along with the FBI, informed the family that the child is presumed dead. Additionally, Quinton’s mother, Leilani Simon, is the prime suspect in the case. No arrests have been made and no charges have been filed. Additional information is due to be released sometime Thursday. Below video: Search for missing Savannah toddler continues a week after Quinton Simon was last seen The child was last seen around 6 am October 5. He was reported missing about three hours later. The Chatham County Police Department is leading the investigation, with help from several other law enforcement agencies including dozens of FBI agents and personnel. On Tuesday, police said they seized evidence they believe will lead to closure in the case. It was not specified what that evidence was, nor did police speak to the media following the statement. TRENDING STORIESTimeline: The Search for Missing Savannah Toddler Quinton SimonAfter a week of searching, police say Savannah toddler presumed dead, mother prime suspect ‘American Idol’ runner up, Georgia native Willie Spence dead at the age of 23Below video: Police analyzing new evidence found in Quinton Simon missing toddler case in SavannahA dispatch call obtained by WJCL sheds some light on what authorities were told the morning of Quinton’s disappearance.”Complainant advised her 1-year-old son is missing,” the dispatcher is heard saying. “She woke up, her door was open. Advised he’s unable to open a door. Thinks someone came in and took him.” Earlier this week, Chatham Fire was called out to the home to begin pumping the backyard pool. It’s unclear if they found any clues. Below file video: Chatham County police chief gives Monday update in search for toddler Quinton SimonCourt documents obtained by WJCL show that the family was at odds before Quinton’s disappearance. Leilani, and her boyfriend, Daniel Youngkin, from the home.Billie Jo, Leilani’s mother, said in the document “They have damaged my property and at this point no one is living in peace.”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. Below video: Hear from Quinton’s grandparents “She hasn’t always done the right thing,” Billie Jo said of her daughter on Thursday. “Sometimes she does really great, sometimes she doesn’t. I don’t know what to think right now. I don’t know what to believe, because I don’t think anybody ever believes this is going to happen to them. I don’t know if I can trust her or I don’t. I just know I’m hurting and I want this baby home. He’s my baby.” Police say a search has been conducted of the home, the backyard pool and a nearby pond. A tipline has been established for information regarding the case: 912-667-3134. Below video: Initial coverage of disappearance

Update 10 am: Police announced at 1 pm press conference. Check back to watch it live.

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Initial postponement: On Wednesday night, more than a week after 20-month-old Savannah toddler Quinton Simon disappeared from his home, police issued an update in the investigation.

They, along with the FBI, informed the family that the child is presumed dead.

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

No arrests have been made and no charges have been filed.

Additional information is due to be released sometime Thursday.

Below video: Search for missing Savannah toddler continues a week after Quinton Simon was last seen

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

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

On Tuesday, police said they seized evidence they believe will lead to closure in the case. It was not specified what that evidence was, nor did police speak to the media following the statement.

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Below video: Police analyzing new evidence found in Quinton Simon missing toddler case in Savannah

A dispatch call obtained by WJCL sheds some light on what authorities were told the morning of Quinton’s disappearance.

“Complainant advised her 1-year-old son is missing,” the dispatcher is heard saying. “She woke up, her door was open. Advised he’s unable to open a door. Thinks someone came in and took him.”

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

Below file video: Chatham County police chief gives Monday update in search for toddler Quinton Simon

Court documents obtained by WJCL show that the family was 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 at this point no one is living in peace.”

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.

Below video: Hear from Quinton’s grandparents

“She hasn’t always done the right thing,” Billie Jo said of her daughter on Thursday. “Sometimes she does really great, sometimes she doesn’t. I don’t know what to think right now. I don’t know what to believe, because I don’t think anybody ever believes this is going to happen to them. I don’t know if I can trust her or I don’t. I just know I’m hurting and I want this baby home. He’s my baby.”

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

A tipline has been established for information regarding the case: 912-667-3134.

Below video: Initial coverage of disappearance

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