'You wonder what he had to endure': Quinton Simon's babysitter breaks silence after mom Leilani's arrest
Leilani Simon was arrested on charges of malice murder, concealing a death, and false reporting/making false statements
CHATHAM COUNTY, GEORGIA: 20-month-old Quinton Simon was reported missing on October 5 and his remains are believed to have been discovered by the Chatham County Police Department in a landfill. Quinton's mother, Leilani Simon, who has been a prime suspect in the missing case since the beginning, was arrested on Monday, November 21, on charges of malice murder, concealing a death, and false reporting/making false statements.
Now, Diana McCarta, the toddler's babysitter, has spoken out after the news of Leilani's arrest. McCarta, who babysat Quinton for 10 months prior to his disappearance, said that she often thinks about the text message she received informing her not to babysit Quinton on the day he went missing.
"You wonder what he had to endure from the time that he left my house, to the morning when I got the text. I can’t even imagine and I don’t want to think about it because it drives me crazy," she said, according to The Sun. Although DNA tests are still being done to confirm the identity of the human remains found in the junkyard, people from all over the country have been calling for justice for the little boy.
The Chatham County Police Department has arrested 22-year-old Leilani Simon and charged her with murder in connection with the disappearance and death of her son, 20-month-old Quinton Simon.— Chatham County Police Department (@ChathamCountyPD) November 21, 2022
McCarta believes that Leilani's arrest is a step closer to truth. "I just don’t know how any mother could hurt their child. I don’t know what could be going through their head for them to hurt their child", she continued. "I am happy that justice is going to be served because Quinton needs that. We want justice served for this precious baby, no matter what it is, no matter who it is." "At the end of the day, all the protestors and the family all wanted the same thing. We wanted justice for this precious baby," she added.
Billie Jo Howell, the suspect's mother, said that Leilani had checked herself into a treatment center. She claimed that her daughter stayed there for a few weeks and both of them had been frequently communicating with the FBI. Howell, however, later came to know that Leilani was going to check herself out of the treatment center and had to make a decision.
"Her mother had to make one of the hardest decisions of her life [to] call the FBI agents and let them know that she was signing herself out," said a family friend who spoke to WTOC when Howell became too emotional on the phone. "And that she could not come back here and that she was going to be a flight risk. Because she could not come back here because she was going to be back on the streets doing God knows what with God knows who."