Quinton Simon’s mom Leilani pleads not guilty to murdering Georgia toddler

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Quinton Simon's mom Leilani pleads not guilty to murdering Georgia toddler

The mother of Quinton Simon, the 20-month-old Georgia boy who vanished last month, pleaded not guilty Wednesday after being charged with his disappearance and murder, according to a report.

A public defender entered the plea on behalf of Leilani Simon, 22, at Chatham County Court. Simon was initially expected to appear in court herself, but ultimately did not, according to FOX 28 Savannah. The judge denied bail and she will not be allowed out of prison on bond.

Simon first reported her son missing at 9 a.m. Oct. 5. He was last seen at the Savannah home she shared with her boyfriend, her 3-year-old son and her mom — who had custody of both children. She allegedly told the police she believed someone took her son.

No motive has been released, but her mom, Billie Jo Howell, previously said she didn’t trust her daughter.

Leilani Simon's booking photo
Leilani Simon’s booking photo.
Chatham County Detention Center
Quinton Simon.
Quinton Simon.
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The FBI searching Waste Management landfill in Chatham County for remains of little Quinton Simon.
The FBI searching a Waste Management landfill in Chatham County for remains of little Quinton Simon.
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“She hasn’t always done the right thing,” Howell admitted in an interview.

Police ultimately said they believed Quinton was dead, and spent weeks combing through a landfill for his remains, which they believe they found on Nov. 18.

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