Baby ‘died of diaper rash’ prosecutors say

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A prosecutor in the trial of an Iowa father whose infant son was found dead and maggot-infested in a baby swing last year has told a jury the child “died of diaper rash.”

The Courier reports that assistant Iowa Attorney General Coleman McAllister told jurors Tuesday that 4-month-old Sterling Koehn had been in the same diaper for nine to 14 days when his body was found in the swing Aug. 30, 2017, at his parents’ Alta Vista apartment.

The baby’s father, 29-year-old Zachary Paul Koehn, is charged with murder and child endangerment.

The boy’s mother, Cheyanne Harris, is also charged and faces a separate trial at a later date.

A coroner’s report showed the baby died of malnutrition, dehydration and the infection.

In opening statements Tuesday, Koehn’s attorney said the baby’s death was a tragedy, but not a crime.

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