The remains of missing Georgia toddler Quinton Simon were found in a landfill, the FBI says

Investigators confirmed through DNA analysis that bones found Nov. 18 at a landfill site in Savannah, Georgia, belong to missing toddler Quinton Smith, the FBI’s Atlanta field office said Monday.

The 20-month-old boy was originally reported missing on the morning of October 5 by his mother, 22-year-old Leilani Simon, who has since been arrested and charged with malicious murder, while concealing the death of another person and charges.

Little Quinton Simon went missing on October 5 in Savannah, Georgia and his mother, Leilani Simon, was arrested for his death.

Little Quinton Simon went missing on October 5 in Savannah, Georgia and his mother, Leilani Simon, was arrested for his death.
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The little boy’s remains were found on November 18 after a 30-day search at the Superior Landfill, a process that authorities said was “more grueling than anyone could have imagined.”

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During that search, investigators combed through 1.2 million pounds of rubbish in “grueling and dangerous” working conditions.

Leilani Simon, 22, is charged with malicious murder in the death of her 20-month-old son.

Leilani Simon, 22, is charged with malicious murder in the death of her 20-month-old son.
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Quinton Simon's mother, Leilani Simon, is photographed leaving her home on Wednesday October 12, 2022.

Quinton Simon’s mother, Leilani Simon, is photographed leaving her home on Wednesday October 12, 2022.
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Leilani Simon was identified as the prime suspect early in the investigation and arrested on November 21.

Her son was last seen in the early hours of October 5 at a home in Savannah where he lived with his mother, his mother’s boyfriend, maternal grandparents and siblings.

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Leilani Simon told a police officer later that morning that she woke up to find her son gone and believed someone had entered the room and taken him away, according to local WCJL news agency.

A pair of baby photos of toddler Quinton Simon, whose remains were found in a Georgia landfill on November 18.

A pair of baby photos of toddler Quinton Simon, whose remains were found in a Georgia landfill on November 18.
(Chatham Police Department)

Law enforcement officers from the FBI, the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and other agencies helped with the investigation and the search for the toddler.

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The Chatham County District Attorney indicts Simon on murder and other charges.

Fox News’ Rebecca Rosenberg contributed to this report.

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