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Court Docs: toddler's death ruled homicide, shows boy was beaten

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Mitchell Vanryn Photo//Allen County Sheriff's Department Mitchell Vanryn Photo//Allen County Sheriff's Department
Family photo of Malakai. (Photo//provided) Family photo of Malakai. (Photo//provided)

We are learning more about the death of a Fort Wayne toddler.

ABC21 previously reported two-year-old Malakai Michael Garrett was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition Wednesday but was pronounced dead shortly after that.

READ MORE: Fort Wayne police investigate death of toddler

Police arrested 27-year old Mitchell Vanryn and charged him with aggravated battery and domestic battery. A probable cause affidavit says Vanryn is the boyfriend of Malakai's mother. The mother told police Vanryn is the sole childcare provider while she is at work.

Detective say she told them Malakai was not feeling well the night before he died and had bruising on his face she said was from falling. The court documents say the mother said Malakai was feeling sick, not eating and complaining about pain to his head.

When police interviewed Vanryn about Malakai's death, the court documents say he told them he put him down for a nap and found him unresponsive shortly after 4 p.m.. Police say he told them he slapped Malakai in the face to try to wake him before taking him to the bathtub to put cold water on him to try to get a response from him.

Police say surveillance video from a neighbor captured Vanryn running out of the home holding the boy before taking him to the fire station. Malakai was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after 6:00 p.m.

The court documents say a visual scan of Malakai's body indicated multiple bruises to the groin area, front and back torso, left and right cheek and back of his head. The doctor who pronounced him dead said the bruises appeared to be two to three days old.

An autopsy conducted on the toddler revealed even more damage. The court document states the doctor who conducted the autopsy told police Malakai had extensive and severe bruising in many areas including the chest, abdomen, back, face and head. Malakai also had severe injury to several internal organs.

The doctor told police the injuries were consistent with multiple blows and strikes from a closed-fist punch. The internal injuries would have had to occur within hours of arriving at the hospital.

The doctor indicated Malakai died as a result of injuries caused by blunt force injury and the death was a homicide.

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