- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

WOODLAND, Calif. (AP) - The father of an infant found dead near the Sacramento River faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, child endangerment and administering a controlled substance, the Yolo County district attorney’s office said Wednesday.

Woodland resident Frank Rees, 31, was arrested Tuesday and charged in connection with the death of 19-day-old Justice Rees, months after the baby’s mother was convicted of second-degree murder.

Rees was set for arraignment on Thursday, when he is likely to be assigned an attorney.

The announcement came two years to the day after the mother and child were reported missing.

The baby’s body was found in Feb. 23, 2015, after an all-night search of a swampy area near the rural town of Knights Landing, about 30 miles west of Sacramento. Prosecutors say he died from environmental exposure due to neglect.

His mother, Samantha Green, was found disoriented nearby. Prosecutors say she was high on methamphetamine when she wandered into the slough with the child. She was sentenced in December to serve 15 years-to-life in prison.

Rees was not previously charged in the infant’s death, but Green’s defense attorneys argued at her trial that he had injected her with methamphetamine.

District Attorney Jeff Reisig said evidence at her trial played a significant role in prosecutors’ decision to charge Rees, The Sacramento Bee reported.


Information from: The Sacramento Bee, https://www.sacbee.com

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