Georgia, FBI searches for missing toddler whose babysitter reports ‘odd’ text before disappearance

Georgia police and the FBI are intensifying their search for missing toddler Quinton Simon after the child’s caretaker recalled to local news reporters a “strange” message she received before he disappeared.

Twenty-month-old Quinton Simon was reportedly last seen at his home in Savannah around 06.00 on Wednesday and was reported missing around 9:40 a.m., the Chatham County Police Department said. Five days later, more than 40 FBI agents are assisting the police department with the case, which has consisted of numerous interviews, searches and canvasses of a number of geographic areas, Chief Jeffrey M. Hadley told reporters.

Asked Monday about the possibility that the case involved a criminal aspect, Hadley said investigators are “looking at it from multiple fronts, one of which is a criminal investigation, as well as a missing child at this point.”

“Everyone is being met. Everyone is being interviewed. Everyone who had contact with Quinton in the recent time of his disappearance is being looked at, being interviewed,” he said.

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Photos provided by the Chatham County Police Department show missing toddler Quinton Simon

Photos provided by the Chatham County Police Department show missing toddler Quinton Simon
(Chatham County Police Department)

Quinton was last seen at his home on Savannah’s Buckhalter Road, wearing a light blue Sesame Street shirt and black pajama pants, police said. Police investigators are asking anyone with information about Simon’s whereabouts to call 912-667-3134.

Hadley added that police conducted their second search of Quinton’s family home on Monday morning. He previously said investigators had searched the property’s swimming pool and a local pond. The police chief would not comment on whether Quinton’s parents were cooperating with police or whether they have retained an attorney.

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

Photos provided by the Chatham County Police Department show missing toddler Quinton Simon

Photos provided by the Chatham County Police Department show missing toddler Quinton Simon
(Chatham County Police Department)

She was supposed to see them Wednesday morning, but instead received an unusual text message, according to the report.

“I got a text this morning saying they wouldn’t be here, wouldn’t look after them at 5:29 [a.m.],” McCarta told WSAV-TV. “Which was kind of weird because I have them even when she’s not working,” she said, reportedly referring to the children’s mother.

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McCarta then received a text from Quinton’s other relatives around 10 p.m. 9, where she asked if she had seen Quinton, according to the report.

Quinton Simon was last seen on October 5, 2022.

Quinton Simon was last seen on October 5, 2022.
(Federal Bureau of Investigation)

“I immediately go to their house. I try to help them see, they didn’t want to. So I just waited around like everyone else,” she continued. “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.”

Quinton lived with his brother, his grandparents, his mother and her boyfriend, local news station WJCL reported.

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The grandparents, Thomas and Billie Jo Howell, told the news station they are the legal guardians of Quinton and his 3-year-old brother.

“He’s just a baby,” Billie Jo told the news station. “And I want him home, he’s just a baby.”

She added that her daughter “hasn’t always done the right thing.”

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“I don’t know what to believe because I don’t think anyone ever thinks this is going to happen to them. I don’t know if I can trust her or I don’t,” Billie Jo continued. “I just know I’m hurting and I want this baby home. He’s my baby.”

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