Attorneys for the Georgia woman accused of killing her toddler son last fall and tossing his body in a garbage dumpster have asked the judge in the case to throw out the three murder chargers against her.
Leilani Simon, 23, is due in court on Thursday for a bond hearing and arraignment on charges that she beat 20-month-old Quinton Simon to death on October 4 then reported him missing the next day to Chatham County police, prompting a 6-week search that ended when investigators found Quinton’s remains in a landfill.
Chatham County police had said just a week after Quinton’s disappearance that they believed the boy was dead and that his mother was the only suspect, and she was arrested on November 21. She was jailed without bond and indicted in December on 19 counts, including two counts of felony murder and one count of malice murder as well as four counts of lying to investigators.
Simon’s public defender filed motions to dismiss the charges of lying to investigators as well, according to WSAV. The attorney said that the charges against Simon are “imperfect in form” and “failed to allege any manner of death, any manner in which any cruel and excessive physical pain was inflicted, or the nature of any object or weapon which resulted in any serious injury to the victim.”
According to the indictment, Simon beat Quinton with an “object … unknown to the grand jury at this time,” killing him “with malice aforethought.” She then took his body to the Azalea Mobile Home Plaza, where she discarded the toddler in the dumpster. During the course of the investigation, she told detectives several times she left her home in the late night hours of October 4 to pay an existing drug debt, statements that are included in the indictment as falsehoods.
She also told several differing stories about meeting a friend to pick up Orajel for mouth pain in the early hours of October 5, first saying they met at a gas station and then that they met at the mobile home park. When confronted about having thrown “something” in the dumpster there, she said on October 12 it had been “normal household garbage.”
Another change in the story came on October 31 when she claimed it was someone else, and not she, who left the house early that morning, although she changed that story again on November 21, when she was arrested, saying that she did leave the house and travel to the mobile home park, but she did not meet her friend there and “did not remember what she had done there.”
Simon is expected to be in the courtroom on Thursday, although Judge Tammy Stokes has already barred livestreaming of the proceedings, as CrimeOnline previously reported.
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[Featured image: Leilani Simon, left, and Quinton Simon/Chatham County Police}