Baby Justice is dead. His mother is in jail for second-degree murder and his father, Frank Rees, who has a history of meth related arrests and supposedly thought that the baby's mother "was clean", was arrested yesterday for his role in Baby Justice's death. The baby was found dead almost exactly two years ago. His mother was convicted by a jury almost six months ago. Evidence at the mother's trial established that the baby's father was administering meth to the mother both days before and after his birth. This evidence is what led to Rees' arrest. Rees, 31, is now facing felony charges of involuntary manslaughter, child endangerment, and administering methamphetamine. Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig stated that "Under California law, when another individual's unlawful or reckless conduct in the face of known risks is a substantial factor that contributes to the death of another person, criminal liability may be established."
In a jailhouse interview yesterday, Rees said "I can almost guarantee you this is going to be thrown out, . . . The DA should come here and give me an apology. I lost my son. I think I've been through enough." Really? Rees may not have physically taken the baby out to the slough that night, but he's been described as a "as a womanizing, meth-addicted, paranoid ex-convict who wielded intense control over [the baby's mother] first as her drug connection, then as the father of her child" and had dosed the baby's mother "with veterinary-size syringes of methamphetamine mixed with acetone in the days before their son's death." Who should be apologizing to who here?
Rees' new girlfriend, who herself was arrested last month for possession of meth, just gave birth to Rees' 6th child. This new baby girl was born two months premature and it is probably safe to say that meth is in her system as well.
Baby Justice stood no chance and now there is another baby struggling to survive. Her mother most likely uses meth and her father is in jail facing manslaughter charges for his role in the death of the half-brother she will never meet. The sad cycle continues.