Mother pleads not guilty to lesser charges in baby’s death
Samantha Green appears in Yolo Superior Court with her attorney, Public Defender Tracie Olson. Green was arraigned on charges of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment in the death of her 3-week-old son Justice.
WOODLAND — Once suspected of murder, the mother of an infant boy found dead in Knights Landing last week no longer faces a life prison sentence under the charges filed Wednesday by the Yolo County District Attorney's Office.
Samantha Lee Green now stands accused of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment — both felonies — as well as an enhancement for infliction of great bodily injury on a child under age 5, in connection with the death of 3-week-old Justice Rees.
Dressed in a green-and-white striped jail uniform, the 23-year-old Woodland woman pleaded not guilty to the charges during a brief arraignment hearing Wednesday in Yolo Superior Court, the courtroom nearly filled with relatives and friends of Green and her fiancé, Frank Rees, the baby's father. Continue Reading