Who is Joe Swain? Missing toddler Quinton Simon’s uncle says he does not support his sister Leilani

Who is Joe Swain? Missing toddler Quinton Simon’s uncle says he does not support his sister Leilani
Joe Swain, Leilani Simon's brother, said that his sister was on her own and prayed that his nephew Quinton Simon was back home safe (Joe Swain/Facebook, Billie Jo Howell/Facebook, Harnett County Sheriff's Office)

CHATHAM COUNTY, GEORGIA: Quinton Simon, 18 months old, has been missing since October 5 morning. The toddler's missing case was soon turned into a criminal investigation. Quinton's mother, Leilani, was named as the prime suspect in her son's disappearance by the police. Now, Leilani's brother Joe Swain has reportedly denied any connection with his sister claiming that "she's on her own" and prayed for a positive development in the case. 

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Swain was quick to withdraw from any form of responsibility and said that Leilani was on her own while wishing for the safe recovery of the missing toddler. He told Daily Mail in a Facebook message, "I don't side with my sister at all. She's on her own in this mess." He blamed the media for portraying his sister and his mother as partying. Swain, however, protected and defended his mother Billie Jo Howell stating that she needed some "peace and quiet" at this time and hit out at protestors surrounding her house day in and day out. According to the outlet, Swain said, "Sorry she had dinner on Tybee with two of her friends that drug her out the house to get her some peace as if the stress alone isn't killing her already."

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Swain continued, "I know my mother better than anyone on the planet and I mean anyone. She's a loving and caring woman with a beautiful heart." Reflecting on the outing, a worker from the restaurant told the outlet, "Eventually someone tried to get them to leave, they were really uncomfortable with them being there. You'd think they would be quiet but they weren't. It was like they wanted attention. There were around six of them in the group. They were drinking Patron... a top-shelf tequila. They were here from around 5pm until 8pm."

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Who is Joe Swain?

Swain is Simon's uncle. According to the outlet, Swain added, "Right now all we can do is sit and wait and pray they recover him so we can serve justice to him." As per his Facebook account, Swain attended Effingham County High School and is an Aircraft Metals Technician at Air National Guard. The Investigative Unit found court records from North Carolina that showed Leilani was arrested for a felony. The documents revealed that Leilani was arrested after stealing two packs of cigarettes, a bag of popcorn and a drink from the Love’s Truck Stop where she worked. Her sentence was toned down after a plea deal in which she was required to undergo 12 months of unsupervised probation, serve 48 hours of community service and couldn’t be involved in any significant criminal activity.

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Quinton Simon with her grandmother Billie Jo Howell. (Facebook/Billie Jo Howell)
Quinton Simon with his grandmother Billie Jo Howell during happier times (Billie Jo Howell/Facebook)

As reported by MEAWW, Chatham County Police Department previously released a statement stating that they had found new evidence that will help facilitate and move the search for the missing boy forward saying, "We've seized evidence that we believe will help move this case forward & we're now working to analyze the evidence to see where it leads us. We continue to pursue all avenues to bring Quinton home, following all leads and evidence." 

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