The grandmother of dead US infant Quinton Simon was arrested a fortnight after the FBI identified remains at a landfill

The grandmother of the late US infant Quinton Simon – whose remains were found in a Savannah landfill last month and whose mother was arrested and charged in his death – has been arrested by Savannah, according to online records and NBC affiliate WSAV.

The arrest of Billie Jo Betterton, 45, is unrelated to the death of her Georgia grandson, WSAV reported. The nature of the charges against her were not clear from the online records of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office.

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According to the online records, there are no bonds. It wasn’t immediately clear if Betterton hired an attorney, according to a spokesman for the Chatham County District Attorney’s Office, adding that the investigation is ongoing.

Betterton’s mug shot shows her in a suicide prevention gown, confirmed Parla Parker, public information officer for the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office. Parker declined to elaborate, citing HIPAA requirements that protect inmate health information.

Parker directed further questions about the arrest to the Chatham County Juvenile Court. Juvenile Court officials could not be reached immediately, and court records related to the arrest were not immediately available online.

A spokesman for the Chatham County Police Department said the department was not involved in the arrest.

Betterton’s arrest comes two weeks after the Atlanta branch of the FBI identified the remains at the Superior Landfill in Savannah as those of her infant grandson through DNA analysis after finding the remains on November 18. Quinton’s cause of death has not yet been determined, according to Chatham County coroners.

The toddler’s mother, Leilani Simon, 22, was arrested on November 21 and charged with malicious murder, covering up the death of another person, hoaxing and giving false information. Her next hearing is scheduled for Jan. 11, court filings show.

The remains found in a landfill are believed to be those of 20-month-old Quinton Simon, who was reported missing by his mother from his home in Savannah, United States, in October. Recognition: Chatham County Police Department

Police previously said they do not expect any further arrests in the case.

Court documents show that Betterton, who also goes by the surname Howell, attempted to evict Simon, her boyfriend and their children from her home in September.

“Not looking for compensation. I just want them to move out ASAP,” Betterton wrote in the Sept. 8 filing. “They have damaged my property and at this time no one lives in peace.”

That notice was delivered to Simon and her boyfriend just over a week later, records show.

Quinton’s mother reported him missing Oct. 5 from his home in an unincorporated part of Chatham County, Georgia, near Savannah.

The search for Quinton drew widespread attention and a large response from law enforcement — including more than 40 FBI agents — who spent 30 days sorting through 1.2 million pounds (544,000 kg) of trash, officials said.

A week after Quinton’s disappearance, officials said they believed he was dead and she was looked at his mother to be “the prime suspect in his disappearance and death”.

Chatham County Police Chief Jeff Hadley said investigators had evidence that led to the search of the landfill, but declined to say what it was.

Betterton’s arrest also comes more than a month after both of Quinton’s paternal grandparents died, WSAV reported. Quinton’s grandfather, Henry Dale Moss Sr, 61, was killed Nov. 2 in an alleged driver’s accident in Burke County, about 93 miles northwest of Savannah. Jackson, Mississippi-based NBC affiliate WLBT reported that Moss’s son is Quinton’s son.

A public information officer for the Burke County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that no updates were available in the case.

WSAV reported that Quinton’s grandmother died in the week before the alleged hit-and-run. Further information about her death was not immediately available.

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