The man cleared of murder in the death of his girlfriend's toddler, is set to be sentenced for two battery charges this afternoon.
After a three-day trial in March, the jury found Mitchell Vanryn not guilty of murder, but guilty of aggravated battery and domestic battery in the death of Malakai Garrett.
The decision came after closing arguments that focused on Vanryn's intent and if he actually meant to kill the child. The defense argued there wasn't evidence that he meant to kill Malakai as he worked to save his life. The prosecution said the damage done to his body was enough proof.
2-year-old Malakai Garrett died in November of 2017. An autopsy determined he had extensive bruising, consistent with blows from a fist.
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