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Verdict for Calif. mom in death of baby found in swamp

WOODLAND, Calif. -- The mother of an infant found dead near the Sacramento River has been convicted of murder in the death of her son.

Samantha Green CBS Sacramento

The Sacramento Bee reports that a Yolo County jury convicted 25-year-old Samantha Green Friday of second-degree murder in the death of 20-day-old Justice Rees.

Green and her child were both reported missing Feb. 21, 2015 when they didn’t arrive for a family event, reports CBS Sacramento.

Green was found wandering and disoriented two days later near the rural town of Knights Landing, about 30 miles west of Sacramento. She told a man who lived nearby to call 911 and that her baby was dead, the station reports. The baby’s body was discovered after an all-night search in the swampy River Cut Slough.

Prosecutors initially charged Green with involuntary manslaughter. They later elevated the charge to second-degree murder and a potential 15-years-to-life sentence, telling jurors she was high on methamphetamine when she wandered into the slough. They said she killed the child in a fit of drug-fueled hysteria, reports CBS Sacramento.

Yolo County Public Defender Tracie Olson told jurors that Green did not intend to kill Justice.