Yamhill County couple starved foster children, ages 4 and 5, police say


By Elliot Njus | The Oregonian/OregonLive 

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Investigators say a rural Yamhill County couple starved two foster children so severely that the young children lost weight over their four years under the couple's care.
 John Henry Yates (left) and Danielle Yvonne YatesYamhill County Sheriff's Office
Yamhill County Sheriff's Office detectives on Wednesday arrested Danielle Yvonne Yates, 31, and John Henry Yates, 42, on suspicion of two counts of first-degree assault and two counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment following a grand jury indictment.
The couple were legal guardians for the children, a 4-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. In addition to suffering from malnourishment, the children didn't have adequate medical care, police said.
The investigation came after the children spent a week in a hospital after a relative of the learned of their condition around Christmas.
Oregon Department of Human Services spokeswoman Andrea Cantu-Schomus declined to comment on the case, citing the criminal investigation.
The couple was in Yamhill County Jail with bail set at $350,000 each. The children have been placed in a care one of their biological relatives, Yamhill County Sgt. Chris Ray said.
The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, whose Special Investigations Unit conducted the inquiry, asked anyone with information to call Detective Marc Brodeur at 503-434-7506.

-- Elliot Njus