The body of a 20-day-old infant was found dead in a swamp the day after his mother was found nearby claiming she and her infant had been kidnapped.
The following afternoon, a man heard Green’s cries for help near a swamp and called 911. She told the man she and her infant had been abducted in town and that the baby had frozen to death. The man said Green appeared dazed and confused, and did not know how she had got there, she knew her car was parked nearby.
Green was taken to the hospital and gave authorities limited information, but did provide them with the name and description of the man she claims abducted her and Justice. Authorities began searching for the infant immediately, finding his body the following morning in thick brush near the Ridge Cut Slough.
A cause of death has not been released at this time, but Yolo County Sheriff’s Capt. Larry Cecchettini said investigators currently have no evidence foul play was involved. Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto said Green was not a suspect at this time, but they would be talking to her again.
“It wasn’t like someone opened up a car door and walking 10 steps and dropping a child off. It was an effort, you had to cross the slough,” Prieto said. “Everything right now is so sketchy and it is so difficult from the mere fact that we don’t have any independent witnesses and nobody at this point has come forward to give us any additional information.”
While all the comments on the news articles are questioning Green’s story, her family is reminding people it’s too early to be labeling her as another Susan Smith.
“Samantha just came back from talking to the sheriff’s. She was abducted. She recognized the person and she gave them his name,” the baby’s paternal grandmother Patty Rees said. “I hope he’s already in custody since they knew who he was but yes, don’t judge Samantha. I don’t think she did anything to that baby.”