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Garrett released as judge, prosecutor find no violation of court order

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – Amber Garrett did not violate a court’s no-contact order regarding her eldest child and will remain free until her trial in June, a judge ruled on Tuesday.

Garrett is accused of felony neglect in the death of 2-year-old Malakai Garrett. Her former boyfriend, Mitch Vanryn, was acquitted last month of a murder count but found guilty of aggravated battery and domestic battery and awaits sentencing on May 3.

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Amber Garrett was booked into jail on Friday on suspicion that she had been in contact with her daughter. A piece of video that was reviewed by authorities showed the girl in question, however, was not that daughter.

The death of Malakai has stirred strong sentiment in the community, including the creation of an advocacy group in the young boy’s name.

A jury will be brought to Allen County from another part of the state for Garrett’s 5-day jury trial, beginning June 24.

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Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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