Mother of maggot-infested baby sentenced to life in prison


    Cheyanne Harris was sentenced to a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole Tuesday morning after being convicted of first-degree murder and child endangerment leading to death. (Chickasaw County Jail)

    An Alta Vista woman convicted in the death of her son will spend the rest of her life in prison.

    21-year-old Cheyanne Harris was sentenced to a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole Tuesday morning after being convicted of first-degree murder and child endangerment leading to death in the starvation death of her 4-month old son, Sterling Koehn.

    Koehn was found infested with maggots in his baby swing inside his parents Alta Vista apartment on Aug. 30, 2017. An autopsy revealed that Koehn died of malnutrition, dehydration and an E. coli infection. Prosecutors say he was left in a maggot-infested diaper for up to two weeks leading up to his death.

    The boy's father, Zachary Koehn, was found guilty of the same charges in November and was also sentenced to life in prison.

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