Quinton Simon: FBI raids Georgia home as search for missing toddler continues | The world | News

Georgia police and the FBI are intensifying their search for missing toddler Quinton Simon after the boy disappeared six days ago. Police have searched the missing toddler’s home for a second time after the child’s caretaker recalled receiving “odd” messages before his disappearance. The toddler was reportedly last seen at her home in Savannah, Georgia around 6 o’clock on Wednesday.

Diana McCarta, who said she had been babysitting Quinton and his brother for six months, told local news station WSAV-TV that she had seen the boys the day before Quinton disappeared.

Referring to the boy’s mother, Leilani Simon, Ms McCarta said: “I got a text this morning saying they wouldn’t be here, wouldn’t look after them at 5:29 [a.m.]. Which was a bit strange because I have them myself when [their mother] does not work.”

Ms McCarta then claimed she received a text message at around 10am. 9 from Quinton’s other relatives who asked if she had seen the toddler.

She said: “I’m going to their house straight away. I’m trying to help them see, they wouldn’t. So I’ve just been waiting around like everybody else. My heart is broken. I’m not his mother. I’m not his family. But I love him very much. And I just don’t know what could happen.”

Now the local police are being assisted by the FBI. The search has involved multiple interviews and canvasses of the area, according to Chatham County Police Chief Jeffrey M. Hadley.

He told reporters: “[Law enforcement is] looking at it from several fronts, one of which is a criminal investigation, as well as a missing child at this time.”

He added: “Everyone is being met. Everyone is being interviewed. Everyone who had contact with Quinton in the recent period of his disappearance is being looked at, being interviewed.”

He declined to comment on whether the family was helping police or had retained an attorney. He told reporters he did not know where the family was at the moment. The police have not disclosed whether misconduct is suspected.

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He said: “I don’t know where they are at the moment. I think they’ve been living in the residence, but physically, right now, as I’m talking to you, I don’t know where they are.”

According to reports, Mrs. Simon told police that she last saw her son in his playpen around 10 p.m. 06.00 Wednesday. He was reported missing after 9 that day.

Local news outlet WSAV obtained court documents that show Quinton’s mother, Mrs. Simon, had been ordered to begin paying child support to Quinton and his older brother.

The decision was made a week before the toddler disappeared. Documents reviewed by WJCL show that Quinton’s grandmother, Billie Jo Howell, wanted Ms. Simon and her boyfriend removed from her home.

WJCL reports that Billie Jo Howell and her husband have custody of Quinton and his three-year-old brother.

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There are allegations contained in the records that Ms. Simon damaged Ms. Howell’s property.

Ms Howell told WJCL: “She hasn’t always done the right thing. Sometimes she does really well, 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 thinks this is going to happen to them.

“I don’t know if I can trust her or not. I just know that I’m hurting and I want this baby home. He’s my baby.”

However, police have said there does not appear to be a custody dispute. No suspects or persons of interest have been named by police, who have said there is no indication the toddler did not leave on his own.

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