Mum who let baby die sitting in maggots sobs at images of him dead in swing


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A young mum accused of leaving her baby son to die in a maggot-infested nappy sobbed in court yesterday.

Jurors were shown photos of tragic four-month-old Sterling Koehn at his mum Cheyanne Harris’ trial.

The 21-year-old denies his first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in death.

Sterling was discovered lifeless in a swing in a dark bedroom in August 2017.

Harrowing photos of the discovery were shown in court as Harris broke down.

The judge called a break in proceedings at Plymouth County Courthouse in Le Mars, Iowa, for the mum to compose herself, Waterloo-Cedars Fall Courier reports.

Footage taken in court shows Harris sob uncontrollably before being led away from the dock.

An autopsy showed Sterling died of malnutrition, dehydration and an E. coli infection caused by being left in a maggot-infested nappy for up to two weeks.



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Sterling Koehn (pictured) had been in the same nappy for two weeks when his body was found


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The heavily soiled nappy had attracted bugs which had laid eggs, and hatched into maggots. It led to the infant’s skin becoming severely irritated.

The boy’s dad Zachary Koehn has already been sentenced to life in prison.

During his trial last year, lawyers argued the baby’s death was a tragedy and not a crime.



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Harris wept in court as her trial opened


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Sterling Koehn was found dead in a baby swing last August

But prosecutors said Koehn was an experienced dad and his two-year-old daughter, also in the apartment, was healthy.

He rang emergency services himself to report his lifeless son.

Sterling weighed just 7lbs, lighter than some newborns, when he died, the previous trial heard.

The trial continues.

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