Man Convicted of Leaving Baby to Die in Maggot Filled Diaper

An Iowa man was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder in the death of his infant son who was found in a maggot-infested baby swing last year. Jurors took less than an hour to convict Zachary Paul Koehn, 29, of Alta Vista, of first-degree murder and child endangerment causing death, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports . The murder conviction carries a mandatory prison sentence of life without parole.

Koehn had blamed his son’s mother for the death of 4-month-old Sterling Koehn. A trial is pending for the 21-year-old mother, Cheyanne Harris.

The couple were arrested after medics were called to an apartment on Aug. 30, 2017, and found the infant dead in a swing in a dark, hot back bedroom. An autopsy showed the baby died of malnutrition, dehydration and an E. coli infection caused by being left in a maggot-infested diaper for up to two weeks.

Source: UPDATE: GUILTY in under an hour: Jury convicts Zachary Koehn in baby death (PHOTOS) | Crime and Courts |

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