Mother of toddler Quinton Simon faces 19 counts charges

Quinton Simon’s mother, 22, has been officially charged with 19 counts a month after the child’s remains were found in a Georgia landfill.

Leilani Simon is now facing charges of malicious murder, felony murder, covering up death and making false statements to police over the infant child’s death in early October.

An indictment obtained by WSAV alleges she struck Quinton, who was then just 20 months old, “with an object” that caused “cruel and excessive pain,” resulting in the infant’s death. She then allegedly left home early on Oct. 5 to dispose of his body at a local RV park.

Authorities have not yet released what evidence led to Leilani’s arrest late last month.

Her mother, meanwhile, was arrested just last week for contempt of court. Billie Jo Howell is now under suicide prevention guard in Chatham County Detention Center after claiming she “lost everything”.

Leilani Simon, 22, the mother of Quinton Simon, faces charges of malicious murder, felony murder, covering up death and falsely telling police about the infant's death in early October

Leilani Simon, 22, the mother of Quinton Simon, faces charges of malicious murder, felony murder, covering up death and falsely telling police about the infant's death in early October

Leilani Simon, 22, the mother of Quinton Simon, faces charges of malicious murder, felony murder, covering up death and falsely telling police about the infant’s death in early October

Quinton was just 20 months old when authorities said he had been killed and his remains were dumped at a nearby trailer park

Quinton was just 20 months old when authorities said he had been killed and his remains were dumped at a nearby trailer park

Quinton was just 20 months old when authorities said he had been killed and his remains were dumped at a nearby trailer park

A Chatham County grand jury issued the indictment against Leilani on Wednesday, less than a week after agents from the FBI and Georgia Bureau of Investigation found Quinton’s remains in the dumpster at Azalea Mobile Home Park.

It said that Leilani “maliciously inflicted cruel and excessive physical pain on her son, Quinton Simon, a human being and a child under the age of 18 … and the defendant in the commission of that offense caused Quinton’s death,” WJCL reports.

The indictment goes on to say that she left her home in Buckhaulter, Georgia on the night of October 4 to meet with her drug dealer before leaving on the morning of October 5 to dispose of Quinton’s body .

Quinton's remains were found on November 18 at a landfill site in Savannah, Georgia

Quinton's remains were found on November 18 at a landfill site in Savannah, Georgia

Quinton’s remains were found on November 18 at a landfill site in Savannah, Georgia

And the indictment alleges that Leilani gave investigators a false report because he “implied that Quinton Simon was kidnapped by an unknown intruder.”

Authorities said the boy was last seen alive on the morning of October 5, when Leilani’s friend Daniel Youngkin spotted the toddler in a pack-n-play at 6am.

Leilani reportedly took another three hours to report that Quinton was missing from her home. She had claimed to have woken up at 9.30am to find the door of the house open with nowhere to find her son.

Leilani was eventually arrested on Nov. 21 — just days after authorities found Quinton’s remains at a Savannah landfill.

Forensic testing eventually confirmed that the partial remains found at a Chatham County landfill belonged to Quentin.

“These are the cases that keep us up at night, these are the cases that need justice,” District Attorney Shalena Cook Jones said in a news conference on Wednesday.

“We have the evidence to bring these charges because of the hard work of the investigators, agents and rangers who worked on this case.”

She added that the criminal investigation is ongoing and would not disclose what evidence police found that led to Leilani’s arrest.

But reports suggest Leilani’s own mother turned her into authorities after discovering Leilani was planning to check out of rehab.

Chatham County District Attorney Shalena Cook Jones declined to disclose what evidence officers obtained that led to Leilani's indictment, saying the case is ongoing

Chatham County District Attorney Shalena Cook Jones declined to disclose what evidence officers obtained that led to Leilani's indictment, saying the case is ongoing

Chatham County District Attorney Shalena Cook Jones declined to disclose what evidence officers obtained that led to Leilani’s indictment, saying the case is ongoing

She also thanked investigators who were able to locate Quinton's remains at a Savannah landfill (pictured).

She also thanked investigators who were able to locate Quinton's remains at a Savannah landfill (pictured).

She also thanked investigators who were able to locate Quinton’s remains at a Savannah landfill (pictured).

WRDW reports that prior to Leilani’s arrest and after weeks of media scrutiny as the country wondered what happened to the little boy, Leilani checked herself into a treatment center.

After telling her mother that she planned to check herself out of the program, Howell, 45, made the decision to inform the FBI of her daughter’s next step.

Leilani has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her and is scheduled to appear in court again in January

Leilani has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her and is scheduled to appear in court again in January

Leilani has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her and is scheduled to appear in court again in January

“Your mother had to make one of the toughest decisions of her life and called the feds and told them she was unsubscribing,” said a family friend who has lived with Howell since Quinton’s disappearance.

The friend said Betterton pulled Leilani out of the treatment center at the request of the FBI and spent the last few hours with her.

She then took her daughter to the FBI’s Savannah office, where she was eventually arrested and charged with her son’s murder.

In the aftermath, Howell posted a tearful video on TikTok saying she’d “lost so much.”

One user had asked her: “Why did you give Leilani sanctuary and when? [you] Knew she was killing Quinton the whole time?”

She then replied, “Why would you assume I did it? I’ve lost so much but no one cares.’

Billie Jo Howell, 45, had custody of young Quinton Simon when he was reported missing on October 5. She was gone at the time and the boy was staying with his mother

Billie Jo Howell, 45, had custody of young Quinton Simon when he was reported missing on October 5. She was gone at the time and the boy was staying with his mother

Billie Jo Howell, 45, had custody of young Quinton Simon when he was reported missing on October 5. She was gone at the time and the boy was staying with his mother

But Howell himself was later arrested himself and sent to the Chatham County Detention Center on a charge of contempt of court.

It’s unclear what exactly led to Howell’s arrest, although it was the result of an arrest by Chatham County Juvenile Court, whose records are sealed.

WSAV reported that her recent arrest is unrelated to her grandson’s death.

The court office said it could not discuss the matter, claiming that the prosecution’s statement would “prejudice a fair trial or hearing.” There is currently no bond and the investigation is ongoing.

The grandmother has a long criminal record that includes previous arrests for prostitution, assault and cocaine possession.

Howell was arrested last week for contempt of court and is now at the Chatham County Detention Center under suicide prevention watch

Howell was arrested last week for contempt of court and is now at the Chatham County Detention Center under suicide prevention watch

Howell was arrested last week for contempt of court and is now at the Chatham County Detention Center under suicide prevention watch

Two weeks after Quinton’s disappearance, Leilani and her mother were also spotted at Sting Ray’s, a beach bar in the nearby resort of Tybee Island. drown their sorrows with tequila.

DailyMail.com revealed the couple spent around three hours at the bar, sitting outside in a large group, drinking patron shots and hassling their waiter into drinking with them.

Before his death, Leilani had lost custody of Quinton and his brother and had been ordered by the state to start paying child support.

He was in Howell’s custody when he went missing, but she was not home that day.

For weeks prior to her arrest, Leilani was the prime suspect in the toddler’s disappearance and presumed death. A week after Quinton’s disappearance, Child Protection Services also took her other two children out of their care.

Leilani’s next hearing is scheduled for January 11th. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her.

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