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Parents of Samantha Green say she would not harm son

Yolo County investigators place flags at the Yolo County slough where the body of Justice Rees was discovered on Wednesday.
Yolo County investigators place flags at the Yolo County slough where the body of Justice Rees was discovered on Wednesday. hamezcua@sacbee.com

The parents of Samantha Green, who is accused of killing her infant child, said in a statement Sunday morning that their daughter loved 20-day-old Justice Rees “very much” and that she would never intentionally harm him.

The statement by Randy and Laurie Green that was sent to The Sacramento Bee followed Samantha Green’s arrest on Saturday. She is charged with an open count of murder.

Justice’s body was found Wednesday in brush along Ridge Cut Slough near Knight’s Landing.

In an interview with KXTV, Frank Rees, the baby’s father, said Samantha Green told him she had been running from something the night the baby died.

“I will stand by her side through all of this,” Rees told the station. “I know that she wouldn’t intentionally hurt that baby. If there was some sort of accident or something that either she’s not remembering or that she feels ashamed of or guilty about, she knows I’ll forgive her.”

Yolo sheriff’s officials said late Sunday that Frank Rees had been arrested on five misdemeanor warrants unrelated to the baby’s death.

In their statement, Samantha Green’s parents said they love their daughter: “Our family is grieving not only for the loss of our grandson Justice, but also the possible loss of our daughter Sami Green. She has never been in trouble with the law. We know in our heart that Sami would never do anything to intentionally harm her newborn son Justice.

“She loved him very much. We can only hope for a fair and just trial in Sami’s case. Her entire family supports her through this most unbelievable time in our lives.

“Because of the tragic events that unfolded this past week, a huge part of our soul has been taken, and we will never be the same.

“This is the last statement our family will personally be giving until this case is resolved. We would like to take this time to thank the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department and all the volunteers from around the state that helped locate our daughter and grandson. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and we hope for the best possible outcome for our daughter.”

Samantha Green is being held without bail at Yolo County Jail in Woodland and is scheduled to be arraigned at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

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