TROUSDALE COUNTY – Just past Lebanon, Tennessee in Hartsville, an investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment of a 21-year-old Hartsville man on a murder charge in the death of a toddler (above photo of suspect James Curtis Yates, released by the TBI on Thursday).
On February 21st, at the request of 15th Judicial District Attorney General Jason Lawson, TBI special agents began an investigation after a man made a 911 call indicating his girlfriend’s two-year-old son was not breathing. The child, Dani-e Coty Mills, was transported to a Nashville hospital with injuries, and died two days later. During the course of the investigation, agents determined that the child was in the sole care of James Yates, the mother’s then-boyfriend, at the time the injury was sustained.
On October 17th, the Trousdale County Grand Jury returned indictments charging James Curtis Yates (DOB 01/03/2001) with one count of Felony Murder and one count of Aggravated Child Abuse. On Wednesday, along with deputies with the Trousdale County Sheriff’s Department, agents arrested James Yates and booked him into the Trousdale County Jail. His bond was set at $40,000.