WOODLAND, Calif. -- The mother of anhas been convicted of murder in the death of her son.
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.