According to The Oklahoman, D.J. Yates has had run-ins with the law before. In 2007, he was arrested for plotting to kill a teenager in which he was given a 5 year deferred sentence, which typically means his sentence would be dismissed after a successful probation period. Several years later, he had allegedly violated his probation order so his sentence was then moved to a 10 year suspended sentence, so if he were to have any more violations, he would serve 10 years after his probation. Yates in now being charged with first degree murder for the murder of his own baby.
Oklahoma toddler dies after relentless torture; father charged
A 20 month old toddler died of atrocious abuse and torture at the hands of his own father. The toddler was reported to have been brutally beaten, burned and then murdered in the family’s trailer home. His father, D.J. Ray Yates, 23, has been charged and Miami, Oklahoma prosecutors are considering the death penalty in what is considered to be a heartless and brutal crime against his own toddler son. The baby, Quinton Yates, was pronounced dead upon arrival to the hospital. Yates had woken up the baby’s mother, Jessica Schumacher, at 2pm last Thursday to notify her that he had killed their son. Schumacher then dialed 911, but it was way too late for the little guy. The toddler reportedly was severely tortured all over his body, with bruising and burning around his head and body and died of what court documents are calling “mortal wounds”.