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Mother Stands Trial in Death of Baby Who Died of 'Diaper Rash'

A medical examiner determined through disturbing evidence that the baby boy hadn't had a diaper change, bath or been removed from the seat in over a week



    Mother Stands Trial in Death of Baby Who Died of 'Diaper Rash'
    Chickasaw County Sheriff's Office via AP
    This undated booking photo provided by the Chickasaw County Sheriff's Office in New Hampton, Iowa, shows Cheyanne Harris. Authorities have charged Harris and Zachary Koehn with murder in the death of their 4-month-old son, whose maggot-infested body was found in a baby swing in the family's home.

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    The mother of a baby whose lifeless body was found in an infant swing wearing a maggot-infested diaper is standing trial in his death.

    Court records say 21-year-old Cheyanne Harris has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in death. The trial was moved to Le Mars in Plymouth County from Chickasaw County because of publicity.

    Prosecutors are expected to begin their case Wednesday.

    Toddler Found in Maggot-Filled Diaper

    [NECN]Toddler Found in Maggot-Filled Diaper

    A couple in Lexington, North Carolina has been charged with felony child abuse after maggots were found in the diaper of an 18-month-old baby.

    The baby was one of seven children in the care of 25-year-old Jamie Leigh Hiatt and 26-year old Michael Patrick McKnight. They were jailed on $100,000 bond each.

    According to Lexington police, officers performing a welfare check at a home last Friday discovered seven children all under the age of 6 that were malnourished and unclean.

    Robin Hiatt, who said she is the paternal grandmother of at least one of the children, said she called police Friday night after she saw photos that indicated the children were severely malnourished.

    Police said two 18-month-old twins and a 1-year-old were taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The other children are in foster care or family custody.

    Hiatt said the last time she saw the children was about a year ago, and has been trying to find them ever since.

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    Medics called to an Alta Vista apartment in August 2017 found 4-month-old Sterling Koehn dead in a swing in a dark, sweltering bedroom. An autopsy shows he died of malnutrition, dehydration and an E. coli infection caused by being left in the maggot-infested diaper for up to two weeks.

    The boy's father, Zachary Koehn, already has been sentenced to life in prison.

    "He died of diaper rash. That's right, diaper rash," Assistant Iowa Attorney General Coleman McAllister said in December during that trial.

    In the opening statements of Koehn's trial, his attorney said the baby's death was a tragedy, but not a crime.

    McAllister denied the defense's claims, saying Koehn was an experienced parent. He noted that Koehn's 2-year-old daughter was also in the apartment and was healthy, and that Koehn had money to buy food and baby supplies. He stated Koehn was a drug user.

    Nurse and county rescue squad EMT Toni Friedrich testified that she was the first to arrive at the apartment after Koehn called 911 to report the baby had died. Friedrich said Koehn showed no emotion when he led her to the dark, hot bedroom where the baby's body was. 

    The baby's "eyes were open, and it was a blank stare," she said.

    Friedrich said when she touched the baby's chest, his clothing was crusty. When she moved his blanket, gnats flew up, she said.