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Leilani Simon biography: 13 things about Savannah, Georgia woman

Leilani Simon is a white woman from Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia, United States. She is a chronic, unrehabilitated substance abuser of cocaine and cannabis.

Thomas Howell and Billie Jo Howell are Simon’s parents. Billie Jo has 18 prior arrests for assault, battery, fraud, prostitution, burglary, cocaine possession, cannabis possession, grand larceny for using stolen credit cards and driving with a suspended license.

Simon has three sons. Here are 13 more things about her:

  1. She admitted to using cocaine and tested positive for the drug at the birth of one of her three children.
  2. Her three children have three different fathers. Two of the fathers are Cody Wharton and her fiancé Daniel Youngkin.
  3. In 2011, her brother Nathaniel Quinton Betterton fatally shot Timothy Moore. In 2013, Betterton was sentenced to 45 years in prison.
  4. In 2019, she gave birth to her first child. In the same year, she was arrested for shoplifting and her mother tried to evict her brother Paul Simon from her mother’s home.
  5. In February 2021, she gave birth to her second child Quinton Simon.
  6. In April 2022, she gave birth to her third child.
  7. On September 8, 2022, her mother tried to evict her and Youngkin from her mother’s home.
  8. On September 28, 2022, the state of Georgia ordered her to start paying child support. She was due to be charged $150 a month starting November 1, 2022 and the amount would be lowered to $100 if one of her two sons died. 
  9. At 5:29 a.m. on October 5, 2022, she texted Quinton’s babysitter Diana McCarta alerting her he would not be coming that day. At 6:00 a.m., Youngkin saw Quinton alive. At 9:40 a.m., she called 911 and reported Quinton missing.
  10. On October 12, 2022, Child Protective Services in Chatham County removed her two children, including Wharton’s son Zayne Simon, from her mother’s home shortly after police named her as the primary suspect in Quinton’s disappearance and presumed death.
  11. On October 17, 2022, she attended a custody hearing for Wharton’s son at the Chatham County Juvenile Court in Savannah.
  12. On October 18, 2022, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents searched for Quinton’s body at a Waste Management landfill off Little Neck Road in Savannah. In the evening, she and her mother partied with other people at StingRay’s, a bar in Tybee Island, Chatham County.
  13. She was 22 years old when she was arrested on November 21, 2022 after Quinton’s remains were found in landfill. She was booked into the Chatham County Detention Center in Savannah and charged with malice, murder, concealing the death of another person, false reporting and making false statements.

3 replies »

  1. Poor kid didn’t have a chance. Rather than being born into a trash family like that, he would have done better if his mother had an abortion. Then maybe God would give his soul another chance at a decent quality of life with more enlightened parents.


  2. Are you serious?????? That’s your solution??!!

    I am a parent of a 16 year old son who has Down syndrome and Autism. He also survived leukemia at age 4. Would you have aborted my Luke?

    I spent a lot of time in the pediatric oncology ward listening to the sounds of pain and even death of children while at my sons”bedside. I saw kids who showed courage and strength that would make grown men run. This world needs Luke and other children like him. Pure love and light and compassion.

    I was born expected to die. Born premature and 2 lbs, my family was informed that there was no hope and that they were to go home and prepare my funeral. They were not allowed to publish my birth nor name me since my death was believed to occur soon.
    Additionally, I was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, and not expected to speak, walk, read, or thrive . In order to have quality of life I had a total of 3 surgeries. Would you have aborted me?

    By the way; I am currently working on an undergrad degree in the health care field. I also hold a degree in science as well as a degree in liberal arts. With honors. At the time I was the first person in my entire family to achieve a college education. I contribute to my world and community as well as being the best mother for my son Luke.

    This post is not only about abortion. It is also about protecting our children.

    EVERY SINGLE PEOPLE PERSON WHO KNEW that this child was in danger is a cowardly accessory in the abuse of a child. OTHER PEOPLE knew this and didn’t do enough to protect him. Do not believe that no one suspected a threat especially given the mother’s history. This happens over and over. It is my sincere wish that everyone who failed to speak up be prosecuted.

    In my case the norm was that people “stay out of it”. I have even recently been told that it is “family business “.

    This child didn’t deserve to die this way nor did he deserve to be aborted, (also murdered).

    If you think about it either way this sweet innocent boy would have ended up in a garbage bag tossed in a dumpster. Like unwanted trash.

    When a child is murdered, also eradicated is his or her future children and grandchildren. Their legacy is one that will never exist.

    I stand with you in you right as a fellow American to have and express your opinions. At the same time please be willing to accept that my opinion is just as important as yours.

    Truth is truth whether you agree or not. Truth is not equal to opinion.

    Please read and search yourself regarding your comment here.

    With all respect to you,
    L . Clothier


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