The mother of a Georgia toddler missing for three weeks and presumed dead has been on probation in another county since April.
Chatham County police have named Leilani Simon, 23, the sole suspect in the disappearance and death of 20-month-old Quinton Simon on October 5, as CrimeOnline previously reported.
Authorities, including the FBI, have been searching a Chatham County landfill where they believe little Quinton’s body went after it was left in a dumpster.
In January 2021, Simon and the toddler’s father, her then-boyfriend Henry “Bubba” Moss, were indicted on burglary charges for allegedly breaking into a next door neighbor’s camper six months earlier in Burke County, about 100 miles northwest of Chatham County, and stealing $50 in coins, according to WRDW.
An incident report said that the victim returned home after work that day and found that someone had broken into the camper through a back window and taken all the money in his change jar. A deputies asked who he thought might have stolen the money, and he pointed to Simon, his next door neighbor, who was standing outside.
“I then spoke with Ms. Simon and while doing so, she admitted to entering the camper and taking all of the change from inside of the coin jar,” a deputy wrote in the report. “Ms. Simon added that her child’s father, Henry ‘Bubba’ Moss, came over … and convinced her to help him enter the camper.”
Simon told the deputy she broke in through the window because Moss couldn’t fit. Moss took the change when she exited the camper, she said.
In April, Simon pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of criminal trespass and was sentenced to 12 months probation. WRDW did not report on the dispensation of Moss’s case.
As CrimeOnline reported, Simon initially told Chatham County deputies that Moss, who lives about 85 miles from unincorporated Chatham County where Simon lives, took Quinton.
Police questioned Moss, who told them he hadn’t been near the home, which is just outside the Savannah city limits, in a month and provided an alibi for the night and morning Quinton disappeared.
“They asked did I have him and when was the last time I was in Savannah?” Henry said. “They told me Leilani said I came and got him overnight.”
Moss said that his relationship with Simon deteriorated over her drug use and that she hit him several times.
Investigators have said they have no reason to believe Quinton was abducted.
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[Featured image: Leilani and Quinton Simon/Facebook; Handout]