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Mom allegedly breaks order of no-contact

April 9, 2019

Amber Garrett violated a no-contact order before she was arrested last week, according to documents filed in Allen Superior Court.

Garrett, 27, is charged with two counts of felony neglect in the death of her son, Malakai, in 2017. She had been free on bond but was arrested Friday for allegedly violating the terms of her release.

Court documents allege she violated a no-contact order filed in 2018. The order prohibited her from contacting a girl identified as “KH.” The documents do not specify how the girl was contacted.

Garrett has a daughter whose initials match KH, according to state Department of Child Services records obtained last year by The Journal Gazette.

Malakai was beaten to death, and doctors who examined the toddler found he suffered gruesome injuries including a bruised kidney and a lacerated pancreas and liver. His body was covered in bruises, a doctor who performed an autopsy said.

Jurors last month convicted Mitchell Vanryn, 28, Garrett’s boyfriend at the time of the child’s death, of aggravated battery and domestic battery but acquitted him of murder. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 3 and faces up to 70 years in prison.

An initial hearing on Garrett’s alleged violation of terms of her release is scheduled for today.

A five-day trial is scheduled June 24, and she could be sentenced to up to 181/2 years behind bars if convicted on each count of felony neglect.

mleblanc@jg.net