Amber Garrett appears in court, grandma speaks out about charges

The mother of Malakai Garrett was in court Wednesday morning facing two counts of child neglect. It's a sentence of up to 18 and a half years if she's convicted.

Posted: Jan 31, 2018 4:45 PM
Updated: Jan 31, 2018 10:37 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- The mother of a Fort Wayne 2-year-old who was beaten to death back in November was in court Wednesday morning for her initial appearance.

Amber Garrett is facing two counts of child neglect in the death of a her son, Malakai. It's a sentence of a up to 18 and a half years in prison. Malakai was allegedly beaten to death by Garrett's then boyfriend, Mitchell Vanryn. Garrett is currently out on bond. Malakai was laid to rest Tuesday.

"We're glad that she's being charged. We're glad that she's going to get time for this. She deserves to," said Chante Harter, Malakai's grandma.

Harter said while Garrett is finally facing charges related to Malakai's death, she thinks the charges should be more severe.

"I guess we have to stick with what we got, and hopefully they give her the max sentence for it," she said.

When asked what it was like to wait the last two months for justice to be served, Harter said, "Hell."

Harter said laying Malakai to rest and seeing Amber Garrett face the judge isn't the end of the fight.

"We're not stopping. And it's not just Malakai, it's all the other little kids that are being beaten and killed, and it's not fair to them," she said.

Garrett is due back in court February 14 when her trial will be set. She was also issued a no contact order against her daughter, Kaydence.

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