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Yolo County social services office has files on mom charged with killing infant son

Yolo County investigators leave a Yolo County slough Wednesday after the discovery of the lifeless body of an infant by a sheriff’s patrol unit in a boat. Yolo County deputies said the body of Justice Rees was found at 9:50 a.m. after many hours of searching.
Yolo County investigators leave a Yolo County slough Wednesday after the discovery of the lifeless body of an infant by a sheriff’s patrol unit in a boat. Yolo County deputies said the body of Justice Rees was found at 9:50 a.m. after many hours of searching. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Yolo County’s social services and employment office has files on Samantha Green and her infant son, who was found dead last week in a remote slough, a county spokeswoman said Monday.

Green, 23, was arrested early Saturday and is being held without bail in the Yolo County jail on suspicion of killing 20-day-old Justice Rees.

“The records are related to Justice Rees and his mother,” said Yolo County spokeswoman Beth Gabor. “As far as when they were initiated, that information will be apparent when they are released.”

Gabor said she could not yet specify when or why the county office started the files. She said the county plans to release the records later this week or early next week after determining what must be withheld legally.

The incident began when Green failed to show up for a family gathering Feb. 21, and her mother and sister filed a missing-person report Feb. 23. She was found a day later without Justice in a Knights Landing backyard near a remote Yolo County slough after she made a panicked 911 call. The next morning, searchers found the dead infant in thick brush at Rough Cut Slough near Knights Landing.

Green is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning in Yolo Superior Court.

She told a Channel 10 reporter Monday in a jailhouse interview that she was drugged and fearing for her life when she went to the slough where her lifeless infant was found last week.

Green said she was trying to protect Justice when she drove to Ridge Cut Slough.

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

Green also told Channel 10 that she thinks her actions were somehow tied to drugs.

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

Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto has declined to say why Green and the child ended up in the remote location. The Yolo County baby may have died from drowning or hypothermia, according to an autopsy.

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

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 Darrell Smith, (916) 321-1040.

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