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Quinton Simon: K-9s Deployed as Frantic Search for Missing Georgia Tot Ensues

The Chatham County Police Department said Wednesday that K-9s are being deployed in the search for missing Georgia toddler Quinton Simon, who hasn’t been seen in seven days.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, 1-year-old Quinton was reported missing on October 5 by his mother, Leilani Simon, who said her boyfriend had seen him at about 6 a.m. in the family’s Savannah home. Later, when she woke up, he was gone.

She made the 911 call shortly after 9:30 a.m., telling a dispatcher she found the door open although Quinton isn’t able to open the door.

“Thinks someone came in and took him,” the dispatcher told responding officers.

Police launched an extensive search of the area, calling in help from other nearby jurisdictions as well as the FBI. On Wednesday morning, Chatham police tweeted that the K-9s would be deployed in the search while investigators work on analyzing evidence.

“We will spend today gathering and analyzing evidence,” Chatham police said. “We expect to schedule a media briefing tomorrow.”

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Quinton lives with his grandmother, Billie Jo Howell, in Savannah. Howell previously identified the child’s mother as her daughter and told ABC 22 that she was not sure if she trusts her or not.

“She hasn’t always done the right thing,” Billie Jo told ABC 22.

“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.”

Collage of missing toddler Quinton Simon

The grandparents are now pushing for answers. Billie Jo said she is the child’s custodian and wants him back home.

“He’s just a baby,” Billie Jo said. “And I want him home, he’s just a baby.”

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[Featured image: Handout/Chatham County police]