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Life in prison for father of Iowa baby found dead in swing



A northeast Iowa man will get life in prison for first-degree murder, in the death of his infant son.

Zachary Koehn will not be eligible for parole.

Koehn was sentenced Tuesday in New Hampton, Iowa, after being convicted by a jury for causing the death of Sterling Koehn, his 4-month-old son.

The baby’s body was found last year in a swing, inside a dark bedroom at an apartment in Alta Vista.

An autopsy showed the child had died from various causes, including malnutrition and an infection from being left in a maggot-infested diaper.

The baby’s mother, Cheyanne Harris, is scheduled to be tried in Iowa next month.


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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