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Father of 2-year-old beaten to death says the system failed his son

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) —During a tearful interview, Lantz Garrett spoke about a day he says he will never forget, June 24th.

That was the day he says his 6-year-old step daughter warned him something bad was happening to his son Malakai.

"She told me daddy Mitch was hitting on Malakai. "

Mitchell Vanryn was a man Garrett says was dating Malakai's mom.

Garrett says he tried on his own to intervene, but wasn't successful.

Then in October, he says he called Child Protective Services.

A document from October 31st shows Child Protective Services did receive a report alleging abuse.

Garrett says they looked into the complaint.

"I tried to go back and get them to re-evaluate for malnutrition. I tried to get them to look at doctor records I had. I called and called. I called everybody I could."

We've called Child Protective Services multiple times to ask about the case.

So far, we have not gotten a response.

According to court documents, Garrett filed a petition last month, weeks before Malakai died, asking for full custody.

In the document, he claims his son's "safety and welfare" were in jeopardy, and the situation amounted to an emergency.

"I did everything I could. I paid so many lawyers, so many fees, called so many people day in and day out. "

Garrett says he feels the system failed his son.

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