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Man sentenced to life in prison for death of son

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa man has been sentenced to life in prison for the death of his infant son who was found in a maggot-infested baby swing. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Zachary Paul Koehn was sentenced Tuesday to the life sentence without parole. Koehn was convicted earlier of first-degree murder in the 2017 death of 4-month-old Sterling Koehn. An autopsy showed he’d died of malnutrition, dehydration and an E. coli infection caused by being left in a maggot-infested diaper.

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MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa man has been convicted of first-degree murder in the death of his infant son who was found in a maggot-infested baby swing last year.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports jurors took less than an hour Tuesday to convict 29-year-old Zachary Paul Koehn of first-degree murder and child endangerment causing death. 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, who died in August 2017. A trial is pending for 21-year-old mother, Cheyanne Harris.

Koehn and Harris were arrested after medics were called to an Alta Vista apartment and found the infant dead in a swing. An autopsy showed he’d died of malnutrition, dehydration and an E. coli infection caused by being left in a maggot-infested diaper for up to two weeks.

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