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Report: Mother of dead Yolo County baby says she was drugged, fearful

Frank Rees
Frank Rees Booking photo provided by Yolo County Sheriff’s Office

Samantha Green, suspected in the death of her 20-day-old baby, told a television reporter Monday that she was drugged and fearing for her life when she went to the slough where her lifeless infant was found last week.

In a jailhouse interview, Samantha Green told Channel 10 that she was trying to protect her son, Justice Rees, when she drove to Ridge Cut Slough near Knights Landing.

“I thought someone was chasing me,” Green said. “My main goal was to keep him safe.”

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

Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto has declined to reveal why Green and the child ended up in the remote location along Ridge Cut Slough, where the incident began Tuesday. The Yolo County baby may have died from drowning or hypothermia, according to an autopsy.

Green’s parents say she would not harm her son. Prieto said that investigators could not substantiate allegations from family members that Green had been abducted and abused before calling for help.

Green also claimed from jail that her actions were somehow tied to drugs.

“I believe I was drugged or given bad drugs the night this happened,” she told Channel 10.

Recording devices were not allowed in the jail for the interview. The television report quoted Green as saying that her baby “died in my arms. I held him until the next morning. I thought I was going to die, too.”

Meanwhile, the baby’s father, Frank Rees, was booked into the jail on misdemeanor warrants unrelated to the baby’s death. The warrants include driving while on a license revoked for driving under the influence, failure to appear, and a warrant out of Lake County for driving under the influence and child endangerment.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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