Quinton Simon, grandmother of slain Georgia baby, arrested: documents

Georgia police have arrested the grandmother of 20-month-old Quinton Simon, who was allegedly killed by his mother, but the charges against her are not related to the tot’s death.

Billy Joe Howell was arrested on a contempt of court charge and booked into the Chatham County Jail on Monday, according to the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department.

Howell, who also uses the last name Betterton, wears clothing to prevent suicide. according to local ABC affiliate station WJCL.

He was put behind bars as a result of a warrant issued by Chatham County Juvenile Court. His arrest is unrelated to Quinton’s disappearance and death.

Leilani Simon, Howell’s daughter and Quinton’s mother, was arrested Nov. 21 on charges of murdering the little boy after he went missing for more than a month. The boy’s remains were found in a Savannah landfill after investigators spent weeks digging through trash for evidence of his presence.

Billie Joe Howell was arrested Monday for contempt of court.
Chatham County Police Department (CCPD)
Quinton Simon
Quinton Simon was reported missing on October 5, and the investigation soon turned to crime as police feared the boy was dead.
The FBI is searching the landfill for Quinton Simon's remains.
FBI agents and police searched the Savannah landfill for weeks before they found partial remains that later matched Quinton Simon through DNA testing.

Simon, 22, pleaded not guilty to murder last month.

Howell was caring for her grandson and his older brother when the boy went missing. Earlier, he said that he did not trust his daughter.

“He didn’t always do the right thing,” Howell said of Simon in an interview.


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