Oklahoma toddler dies after relentless torture; father charged

February 12th, 2011 by | Permalink

D.J. Ray Yates mugshot via the Otawa County Jail

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”.

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.

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  • Mark

    WHAT kind of woman would want to have a child with someone who was on probation for plotting to KILL someone?? Jesus Christ. I blame the mother 100%.

  • Anonymous

    I know this girl and maybe, just maybe, if they hadn’t been partying with drugs and alcohol the night before, this would not have happened. The Miami Police Department should be asking more questions and investigating the mother as well.

  • jul

    I bet this mother wished she hadn’t peacefully napped through the horrific torture-murder of her baby. Hard to believe the little guy didn’t scream in fear and pain. So sad :(

  • http://yahoo ami goodall

    the “plotting to kill charges” are bogus my brother was charged as well and it was over a fight with a cops son.. so shut up..you dont even know..and lets see mark…you have never had a accident? not making excuses but know one will ever know what happened..especially when everyone already has there mind made up about wat happens

  • Sea Tom

    Death Penalty please. The poor kid deserves justice. And do it quickly. Don’t feed this piece of human waste for years while he sits in prison.


    Why do people get on here defending the murders??? My GOD a child is dead bcz of these 2 people!!!! What’s to defend??? They both sld get life…and How the hell did she sleep thru that?? Why do these people have children????