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Father of maggot-infested baby sentenced to life in prison

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

Zachary Koehn, the father of a child that was found dead in a maggot-infested diaper and baby swing, will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Koehn received his mandatory sentence after a judge denied his request for a new trial on Tuesday.

A jury convicted Koehn of first-degree murder last month. A first-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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.

Harris will stand trial on first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in death charges beginning Jan 29. in Le Mars.

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