Indiana Woman Sentenced to 6 Years for Role in Death of Her 2-Year-Old son

(FORT WAYNE) — A Fort Wayne woman has been sentenced to six years in prison on neglect charges stemming from her 2-year-old son’s beating death.

Amber V. Garrett

27-year-old Amber V. Garrett was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in June to two felony neglect counts involving her son and daughter.

The Journal Gazette reports that Garrett was charged after her son, Malakai Garrett, was fatally beaten in 2017.

Her boyfriend at the time, 29-year-old Mitchell Vanryn, was sentenced to 40 years in prison after being convicted of aggravated battery and domestic battery in Malakai’s death.

A coroner testified that the boy’s severe injuries were equivalent to a fall from a three-story building.

Allen County Judge Fran Gull told Garrett during Friday’s hearing that it’s “beyond comprehension” that she didn’t take action after noticing her son’s bruises.

Information from: The Journal Gazette,