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Missing Toddler Case Comes to Devastating End at Savannah Landfill, Mother Hit with Georgia’s Unique ‘Malice Murder’ Charge

Human remains found in a Georgia landfill belong to missing toddler Quinton Simon according to the FBI.

The FBI released a statement Monday saying that DNA analysis confirmed that the remains were those of the 20-month-old, who has been missing since Oct. 5.

Leilani Simon, Quinton’s mother, was arrested on Nov. 21. She has been charged with malice murder, concealing the death of another, false report of a crime and false statements or writings, according to WTOC-TV.

Last week, she waived her right to a hearing to set bond, which means she will remain in jail, according to the Savannah Morning News.

The child’s cause of death has not been determined, according to NBC.

Speculation has been published by The Sun that the child may have drowned.

The bones were found on Friday, Nov. 18.

Prior to that, law enforcement officers and others searched for the boy’s remains through 1.2 million pounds of trash in a Waste Management landfill near Savannah, according to NBC.

Chatham County Police Chief Jeff Hadley has said the landfill search was based on an expectation of finding the boy.

“We believe that he was placed in a specific dumpster at a specific location and it was brought here by regular means of disposal,” Hadley has said.

Leilani Simon had initially claimed that she believed someone took the child, according to the New York Post.

Under Georgia law, there are two types of murder charges, felony murder and malic murder, instead of the degrees of murder that are part of the penal code of other states, according to WAGA-TV.

Malice murder is a section of Georgia law that covers instances when a person “unlawfully and with malice aforethought, either express or implied, causes the death of another human being,” according to the relevant section of Georgia law posted on

“Express malice is that deliberate intention unlawfully to take the life of another human being which is manifested by external circumstances capable of proof. Malice shall be implied where no considerable provocation appears and where all the circumstances of the killing show an abandoned and malignant heart,” the law said.

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