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Wednesday, December 06, 2017 11:00 am

Murder charges filed in beating death

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

Allen County prosecutors have filed murder charges against a man accused of beating to death a 2-year-old boy.

Mitchell Lee Vanryn, 27, is charged with murder, aggravated battery and domestic battery in the death of Malakai Michael Garrett. 

The boy was taken to a Fort Wayne fire station last week and later died at a local hospital. A doctor told investigators Malakai had internal injuries consistent with blows and strikes from a closed fist, according to court documents. 

Vanryn was arrested Nov. 28. He had been charged with aggravated battery on a person who is less than 18 years old and domestic battery death to a person who is less than 14.