20 MONTH OLD QUINTON YATES WAS TORTURED AND MURDERED BY HIS FATHER, DJ RAY YATES – CCA0027
DJ Ray Yates, 23, beat and tortured his 20 month old son, Quinton Yates, before murdering him. Yates walked into the bedroom where his girlfriend, Jessica Schumacher, Quinton’s mother, was sleeping. He woke her up to tell her he had just killed their son. Jessica immediately called 911, but it was too late for this beautiful baby boy. Yates would later stated “I have no idea what happened”. Really, you don’t remember murdering your helpless baby boy? Schumacher stated that sometimes Yates was a bit rough, but she never thought he would do this to their son. I would like to know what her definition of a bit rough is.
Quinton was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival. The little boy was covered with abrasions, red and blue bruises and burns, and died from what court documents are calling “mortal wounds”. The injuries were all over his tiny body, with the worst being on his face, head, cheeks, neck, chest, abdomen, back and hands. The little boy also suffered from a broken rib and busted lip. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head. Just writing this brings tears to my eyes.
It comes as no surprise that Yates is no stranger to authorities. In 2007, he was arrested for plotting to kill a teenager and pled guilty to a lesser charge of conspiracy to commit a felony and he was given a 5 year deferred sentence, which typically means his sentence would be dismissed after a successful probation period. A few years later when he violated his probation order, his sentence was changed to a 10 year suspended sentence, meaning if he had any more violations, he would serve 10 years after his probation.
Yates pled no contest to the first-degree murder of his son and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.