Father of maggot-infested baby found guilty of murder
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.