Hope succumbs to despair as missing baby’s body found
Family members comfort each other Wednesday morning as they wait for word from law-enforcement personnel who were looking for a 3-week-old baby boy, Justice Rees, in thick brush along Ridge Cut Slough. The boy was reported missing Monday along with his mother, 23-year-old Samantha Green of Woodland, who surfaced Tuesday evening in rural Knights Landing. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo
KNIGHTS LANDING — A Woodland family's elation over the recent birth of a baby boy turned to anguish Wednesday at news that the 3-week-old infant was found dead along a rural Yolo County slough.
Justice Rees was reported missing on Monday along with his mother, Samantha Green, who according to Yolo County sheriff's officials turned up the following evening, "crying and hysterical" along the east levee of Ridge Cut Slough in Knights Landing.
Although Green — who turned 23 on Wednesday — told responding deputies that the baby had been with her somewhere near the slough, in a location she was unable to specify due to her distraught state, there was no sign of her newborn son.
That changed at about 9:50 a.m. Wednesday as law-enforcement officers who had conducted a round-the-clock search since the night before discovered a baby's body amid the tangled thickets that line the banks of ... Continue Reading