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Officials say the missing Georgia child is believed to be dead; mother is

Authorities said Wednesday that a Georgia child whose mother reported missing a week ago is believed to be dead. Chatham County Police said the mother of 20-month-old Quinton Simon has been identified as “the prime suspect in his disappearance and death.”

“We are saddened to report that the CCPD and FBI have informed the family of Quinton Simon that we believe he is dead,” the police department tweeted Wednesday night.

However, Leilani Simon, the mother of one of the suspects, Simon, has not been arrested or charged, police said. No further details given. Officials were expected to hold a press conference on Thursday morning.

“We know thousands of people around the world will be saddened by this news and we share your grief,” the police department wrote.

Quinton was reported missing by her mother on October 5 at her home in a Savannah, Georgia, neighborhood, leading to a largely multi-day search involving local and federal law enforcement.

She called 911 and said her son was missing when she woke up in the morning. Chatham County Police Chief Jeff Headley said last week that he told officers the boy was in his playpen before he went missing.

On Tuesday, Chatham County Police reported that investigators “seized evidence that we believe will help advance this case.”

Then on Wednesday morning, police said they would be at Quinton’s home “along with search dogs and a team of investigators.”

Headley had said officers had contacted the boy’s biological father and did not believe he was involved. No Amber Alert was issued for the missing boy, Hadley said, because it would require police to first determine that the child had been kidnapped.

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