Iowa mom gets life for death of baby son found in swing

Cheyanne Harris's 4-month-old son was found lifeless in a maggot-infested diaper.

Cheyanne Renae Harris, left, enters the courtroom prior to sentencing Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in New Hampton, Iowa.
Cheyanne Harris, left, enters the courtroom prior to her sentencing, Tuesday in New Hampton, Iowa. –Jeff Reinitz / The Courier via AP

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman whose infant son’s lifeless body was found in a baby swing has been imprisoned for life without possibility of parole.

Court records say 22-year-old Cheyanne Harris was sentenced Tuesday in New Hampton to the state-mandated penalty, and her request for a new trial was denied. A jury found her guilty Feb. 6 of first-degree murder and child endangerment causing death.

The charges stem from the death of 4-month-old Sterling Koehn, whose body was found Aug. 30, 2017, in a maggot-infested diaper at an apartment in Alta Vista. The swing was in a sweltering bedroom.

An autopsy shows he died of malnutrition, dehydration and an E. coli infection.


The baby’s father, Zachary Koehn, also has been sentenced to life in prison.


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