Foster parents arrested for not providing food, medical care to kids

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KPTV Web Staff (KPTV) — Foster parents are facing criminal charges for not providing adequate food or medical care to two young children, according to the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office.

Danielle Yates, 31, and John Yates, 42, were taken into custody at 6 p.m. Wednesday after they were indicted by a grand jury.

Deputies said the victims, a 4-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl, have been in the couple’s care at their Yamhill home for four years.

In that time, the children have actually lost weight, according to detectives. A special investigations unit said the kids spent about a week in the hospital during the Christmas holidays after their condition was discovered by a relative.

A special investigations unit conducted interviews and examined evidence, including medical records, and determined the suspects “were not providing adequate nourishment or medical care to the children,” according to the sheriff’s office.

The couple has legal guardianship over the children.

Danielle and John Yates were booked in the Yamhill County Jail on two counts each of first-degree assault and first-degree criminal mistreatment.

Their bail was set at $350,000 each.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact Detective Marc Brodeur at 503-434-7506.

Lois Ann Day, child welfare director for the Department of Human Services, released a statement about the arrests Thursday saying a review of the case will be conducted over the next 24 hours to look into the decisions and actions of DHS staff. Workers in Salem and in local offices will be placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

By Yamhill, OR