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Mother to return to Yolo court in Baby Justice’s death

Frank Rees is arraigned March 4 on outstanding traffic charges unrelated to his son’s death.
Frank Rees is arraigned March 4 on outstanding traffic charges unrelated to his son’s death. hamezcua@sacbee.com

His girlfriend faces a murder charge and a June court date in connection with the death of their infant son, Justice Rees. Frank Rees’ legal troubles follow close behind, the result of a March drug arrest at the home they once shared with his parents. On Monday outside Yolo County Courthouse in Woodland, Rees said he still loves and supports the mother of his child and said his son’s death and unfolding cases are “not anything I want anybody to have to experience.”

Samantha Green will return June 2 to Yolo Superior Court for further proceedings in Justice Rees’ death in late February. The boy’s body was found by searchers Feb. 25, 20 days after he was born, near Rough Cut Slough outside Knights Landing. Searchers were alerted by a frantic Green’s call to emergency dispatchers from a Knights Landing backyard to find her missing baby.

Green was soon arrested and Justice’s grandmother Patricia Rees later disclosed that Baby Justice was born with methamphetamine in his system. Child welfare workers had allowed Justice to go home with his parents after they tested free of drugs and agreed to a safety plan that involved Justice’s grandparents. Green remains in Yolo County custody.

On Monday, wearing a long-sleeved plaid shirt and baggy jeans, Frank Rees sat in the gallery with mother Patricia at his side. He was waiting for his turn before Yolo Superior Court Judge David Rosenberg on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine, ammunition as a felon and drug paraphernalia stemming from a March warrant search by deputies of his Woodland home. Rees is free on bail and will return June 4 for a hearing on the allegations.

“My life has turned upside down the last couple months. ... It’s not anything I want anybody to have to experience. It hurts,” Rees said outside the courthouse after his brief hearing, his mother at his side, before reiterating his support for Green. “People don’t understand it. They think that because it’s in the news, that’s what it is. I love her very much. Until I know there’s foul play involved, I’m going to support her.”

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