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Father of baby found dead in Yolo slough arrested on meth charge

Frank Rees is arraigned Wednesday in Woodland on traffic charges. Rees is the fiancé of Samantha Green, who is accused of manslaughter in the death of the couple’s infant son, Justice Rees. He is again in custody after being arrested on drug charges.
Frank Rees is arraigned Wednesday in Woodland on traffic charges. Rees is the fiancé of Samantha Green, who is accused of manslaughter in the death of the couple’s infant son, Justice Rees. He is again in custody after being arrested on drug charges. hamezcua@sacbee.com

The father of a baby found dead in a Yolo County slough was arrested Friday afternoon at his Woodland home by Yolo County sheriff’s deputies on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and ammunition as an ex-felon, authorities said.

Frank Talliesen Rees – the father of Justice Rees, found dead in Ridge Cut Slough last week – had been released from custody two days ago after his arraignment on traffic-related violations. He was to serve that sentence at a later date.

But deputies carrying warrants returned about 1 p.m. Friday to the West El Dorado Drive home Rees, 29, and his children shared with Rees’ parents. Inside, a search uncovered a narcotics pipe, methamphetamine and ammunition. Rees, an ex-felon, is not allowed to have ammunition. He was being held at the county’s Monroe Detention Center in lieu of $45,000 bail on the latest charges.

Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto would not say what prompted the warrant search and again maintained that deputies’ investigation into Rees is not connected to the death of Rees’ infant son last week.

Prieto also said children were in the home at the time of Rees’ arrest, but he said he did not know how many.

Rees’ fiancée, Samantha Lee Green, 23, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment in connection with the death of Justice Rees, who was found in the slough 20 days after he was born. Green remains in Yolo County custody in lieu of $250,000 bail. Her next court date is set for March 30 in Yolo Superior Court.

Green’s panicked call to sheriff’s dispatchers from a Knights Landing backyard Feb. 24 prompted a frenzied search that ultimately led to Justice’s body. Green, in an interview with Sacramento television station KXTV, later said she believed “I was drugged or given bad drugs the night this happened.”

But Rees’ mother and Justice’s grandmother, Patricia Rees, said earlier this week that the baby was born with methamphetamine in his system, prompting child welfare officials to open a file on Green and Justice and causing Frank Rees’ parents to craft a “safety plan” to ensure Green and Rees stayed drug-free.

Reached at home Friday in Woodland, Patricia Rees declined comment.

Frank Rees has had a history of addiction, having been committed to the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco for drug addiction following his sentencing in October 2010 in Yolo County on theft charges.

Rees completed the center’s Civil Addict Program, designed for the treatment and control of criminally committed narcotic addicts and was discharged from the center in July 2013, according to court documents.

Call The Bee’s Darrell Smith, (916) 321-1040.

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