Father of maggot-infested baby found guilty of murder


    Zachary Koehn, convicted of first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in death. (Chickasaw County Jail)

    MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (CBS2/FOX28) - Zachary Koehn, the father of a child that was found dead in a maggot-infested diaper and baby swing, has been found guilty of first-degree murder.

    The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that a jury deliberated for about an hour before Koehn was convicted of first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in death.

    An autopsy showed 4-month-old Sterling Koehn died of malnutrition, dehydration and an E. coli infection caused after he was left in a soiled diaper for up to two weeks in August of 2017. He was only a few ounces more than his birth weight at the time of his death. Koehn has blamed his son's death on the baby's mother, Cheyanne Harris.

    A first-degree murder conviction in Iowa carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. He will be sentenced at a later date.

    Harris is also charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment. She will have a separate trial.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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