Murder trial over 2-year-old’s death begins today

(Photo Supplied/Allen County Sheriff's Department)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): The trial of a Fort Wayne man accused of murdering his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son starts today.

Today is the first day of the four-day trial of 28-year-old Mitchell Vanryn, who is accused of murder, aggravated battery, and domestic battery in the 2017 death of Malakai Garrett.

The child was rushed to a nearby fire station after he was found not breathing. He died at a nearby hospital. The Journal Gazette reports the child had bruises all over his body, consistent with signs of physical abuse.

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Vanryn faces up to 135 years in prison if convicted. The boy’s mother, 27-year-old Amber Garrett, is also facing neglect charges in the case.

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