- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (AP) - A man and woman have been sentenced to over two years in prison for nearly starving to death two children under the age of 6 in their care.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (https://goo.gl/BHvSTZ ) John and Danielle Yates of rural Yamhill County were sentenced Tuesday.

As part of a deal with prosecutors, each pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal mistreatment for withholding food.

When the children left the couple’s home, they weighed only a few ounces more than they did more than two years earlier. Doctors said both preschoolers could have died had the starvation lasted much longer.

The case has also prompted a $30 million lawsuit against Oregon’s Department of Human Services, with lawyers for the siblings accusing child welfare caseworkers and their supervisors and managers of overlooking repeated complaints.

Offered a chance to speak, neither the woman nor man said a word.

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Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, https://www.oregonlive.com

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