Cheyanne Harris found guilty of first-degree murder, child endangerment in neglect case

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LE MARS, Iowa (KCRG) - Cheyanne Harris, 21, was found guilty on Wednesday of first-degree murder and child endangerment causing death.

Cheyanne Harris, right, averts her eyes during medical examiner testimony on Feb. 2, 2019. (Jeff Reinitz/

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that the jury deliberated for four hours, and returned a guilty verdict on both charges after her four-month-old son Sterling Koehn was found dead in August 2017. First-degree murder results in a mandatory life sentence in Iowa, with no opportunity for parole.

She was arrested after medics found 4-month-old Sterling Koehn dead in the swing in a dark, sweltering bedroom. An autopsy shows he died of malnutrition, dehydration and an E. coli infection caused by being left in a maggot-infested diaper for up to two weeks.

The father of Sterling, Zachary Koehn, was previously found guilty of the same charges in November 2018.

Sentencing is scheduled for February 19.