Mother Charged in 2-Year-Old Son’s Death

January 29, 2018 Updated: January 29, 2018

The mother of a toddler that was beaten to death by her boyfriend has been arrested and charged, police said.

Amber Garrett, a 26-year-old from Indiana is facing felony charges of child neglect, in connection to the Nov. 29, 2017, death of her son Malakai Garrett, ABC21 reported.

She was arrested on Monday, Jan. 29, according to Fort Wayne Police.

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Amber Garrett. (Allen County Sheriff’s Department)

Her boyfriend, 27-year-old Mitchell Vanryn, faces a harsher sentence. He was charged with murder, aggravated battery of a child and domestic battery resulting in the death of a child.

The coroner determined that Malakai died from injuries resulting from sustained beatings.

An autopsy found that the toddler had suffered from “massive internal bleeding.”

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Mugshot of Mitchell Vanryn. (Allen County Sheriff’s Department)

The doctor who conducted the autopsy told CBS affiliate WANE that the injuries “were consistent with that of multiple blows and strikes from a closed fist punch,” according to a probable cause affidavit.

At the time of the toddler’s death, police responded to a call from a Palmetta Court home, in the Crestwood Colony neighborhood off North Clinton Street on Fort Wayne’s north side.

Not long after, the toddler was dropped off at a nearby fire station, WANE reported.

Malakai was taken to hospital in critical condition where he passed away just a short time later.

The mother told police that her boyfriend was the sole childcare provider for her son, during the time she was working from Monday to Friday.

Surveillance video from a neighbor showed the boyfriend running out of the home with Malakai, who seemed to be limp, in his arms. He then ran back home soon after, according to an affidavit.

Vanryn was charged just days after Malakai’s death while Amber remained free, until Monday.



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