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Kelly-Ann Mills

Body of missing toddler believed to buried in landfill as mum named as 'prime suspect'

The body of a missing toddler is believed to have been buried at a landfill site as police name his mum as their prime suspect.

Little one-year-old Quinton Simon went missing more than two weeks ago when he vanished in Savannah, Georgia in the USA.

At a joint press conference local police and the FBI announced that evidence suggests the boy was placed in a dumpster and taken to a landfill in the area.

Chatham County Police Chief Jeff Hadley said: “We know that this is going to be a physically, mentally and emotionally gruelling task for our investigators and team.

"We want justice for Quinton just like everyone else.”

The update comes days after police announced they believed Quinton is dead and his mother, 22-year-old Leilani Simon, is considered the “prime suspect”.

Mum Leilani Simon is the prime suspect (Facebook/Leilani Simon)
Young Quinton has been missing for two weeks (@ChathamCountyPD/Twitter)

No arrests have been made in the case so far.

FBI Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Will Clarke said" “We, along with our law enforcement partners, go into this process with heavy hearts.

“We did not want to end up at this point.

"But the evidence has taken us here.”

He added: “This will not be quick” and “it will not be easy, and the outcome is uncertain”.

“As the chief said, we want justice for Quinton, and we want to find him a proper resting place,” he said.

“We’ve been following the evidence, where it has taken us and the evidence has taken us to this landfill.”

Chief Hadley said he was unable to share what evidence led the authorities to the landfill.

“I can’t thank the FBI enough for all that they have done,” the chief said.

“They have been tremendous and phenomenal.”

“We’re not ready to charge anyone yet, we still have work to do,” he added.

“We still have an investigation to do and we are not going to do anything preemptively that would harm future prosecution.”

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