Mother of Baby Found Dead in Remote Area Charged With Murder


The mother of an infant found dead last week in a remote area of Yolo County has been charged with one open count of murder in the child’s death, county Sheriff Ed Prieto said Saturday.

Samantha Green, 23, was arrested at 12:15 a.m. Saturday after questioning by investigators and charged with murder in the death of her son, Justice Rees, Prieto said.

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

Prieto declined to reveal why she and the child ended up in the remote location along Ridge Cut Slough, where the incident began Tuesday.

Prieto reiterated on Saturday that investigators could not substantiate allegations from family members that Green had been abducted and abused before calling for help.

“At this point here, we don’t have anyone else that was involved,” Prieto said during a news conference in Woodland. “No stone was left unturned.”

The longtime sheriff called the episode an “extraordinarily tragic story” that has affected him personally as well as his deputies.

The specific nature of the murder charge against her will be determined by the Yolo County district attorney.

The body of Green’s 20-day-old baby was found last Wednesday in thick brush along Ridge Cut Slough, a remote area near Knights Landing, after an extensive search by emergency workers on foot and by boat and helicopter.

The previous day, Green was found in a backyard near the slough, scratched and bruised. The search began soon after she called 911 from that location using her cellphone, seemingly confused about where she was and why.

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SOURCE: The Sacramento Bee, Richard Chang and Matt Weiser

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