Cheyanne Harris, 20, and Zachary Koehn, 28, of Iowa have been charged with murder for allowing their 4-month-old infant son to perish. WHO reports that the infant was found in a baby swing, rotting inside their home.
On August 30, the couple called an ambulance to their Alta Vista apartment to report that their son, Sterling Koehn, had died “just a few hours” after Harris fed the child. First responders discovered an entirely different reality, however.
WHO reports that EMTs found the baby in a powered swing seat in a bedroom separate from where the couple and their other child slept. The criminal complaint states that maggots were found on the child’s skin and in his diaper. Later, a forensic entomologist found that the child “had not had a diaper change, bath, or been removed from the seat in over a week.”
An autopsy was later conducted on the child by the State Medical Examiner’s Office. The authority concluded that the infant was emaciated and was well below the fifth percentile in size and weight for his age. Wrote Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Deputy Reed Palo, “The facts of this case go far beyond neglect and show circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference to human life.”
Harris and Koehn now face charges of first-degree murder and child endangerment which resulted in death. They will be arraigned on November 2, 2017.
Child Abuse Facts:
Believe it or not, the United States has one of the worst records among industrialized nations for child abuse. Every year in the US, more than 3.6 million referrals are made to child protection agencies involving more than 6.6 million children. Even more disturbing, between four and seven children are lost to child abuse and neglect every day.
In 2014, state agencies found approximately 702,000 victims of child maltreatment. While this might not seem like a lot, that number is enough to pack 10 modern football stadiums.
There will never be a tolerable excuse for abusing children, which is why stories such as the one above need to be shared. Child abuse is more prevalent than you might think, and people need to start speaking out about it in order to prevent tragic incidents from recurring.
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