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After recent arrest, Amber Garrett due back in court

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — Amber Garrett, the mother of two-year-old Malakai Garrett who was beaten to death, is scheduled to be back in court Tuesday morning for violating a no contact order.

This past Friday, Allen County police arrested the 27-year-old Garrett for two counts of violating the terms of her release in the ongoing case about the death of her son.

Little Malakai was beaten to death in November of 2017 by Amber’s then-live-in boyfriend, 28-year-old Mitch Vanryn.

Amber is charged with two felony counts of neglect in her son’s death.

When she was arrested in January of last year, a judge said she could remain out of jail as long as she had no contact with her daughter, who’s a few years older than Malakai.

However, police arrested Amber Friday for allegedly violating that no contact order — twice.

She was released a few hours later.

Social media posts claimed to have seen Amber shopping with her daughter at Walmart on the 31st.

It’s believed that photos from those encounters were forwarded to authorities, prompting the warrant for the arrest.

Last month, a jury acquitted Mitch Vanryn of murder, but convicted him of aggravated and domestic battery.

He’s scheduled to be sentenced May third.

Amber Garrett is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday morning for an initial hearing on the alleged violation of the no contact order.

Her trial for the two felony neglect charges in little Malakai’s death is still scheduled to begin June 24, with a jury brought in from out of town.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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