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Mother of toddler beaten to death arrested for violating conditions of release

April 7, 2019

Amber Garrett, the mother of 2-year-old Malakai Garret, battered to death in November 2017, was arrested and then later released Friday from the Allen County Jail for violating the conditions of her release.

Her release was conditional on her appearance Monday for pre-trial services, according to a spokesman at the Allen County Jail. Garrett was being held without bond; however, her Friday release was court ordered, jail records indicated.

Garrett, 27, of the 6900 block of Palmetta Court, is scheduled to appear in court for a five-day trial starting June 24 over the original charges stemming from Malakai’s death.

She is charged with two felony counts for neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury and neglect of a dependent placing that dependent in a dangerous situation.

On March 21, Vanryn was found not guilty on murder charges in Allen Superior Court, but convicted on aggravated battery and domestic battery. He is facing up to 70 years in prison for Malakai’s death and will be sentenced May 3.

Vanryn was the chief caregiver for Malakai starting in June 2017, while Garrett worked outside the home.

Dr. Scott Wagner, who performed the autopsy on Malakai, testified in court that the boy’s organs were “shredded,” his kidney bruised and his pancreas and liver lacerated. The toddler had internal injuries consistent with getting punched with a closed fist.

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