Trial delayed until June for Iowa dad in death of maggot-infested baby

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Cheyanne Harris and Zachary Koehn

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) — A trial has been delayed again for a northeast Iowa man whose dead 4-month-old son was found in an infant swing, his body infested with maggots.

Zachary Koehn was granted a delayed trial on Tuesday. Lawyers for both sides wanted more time to prepare. The trial in New Hampton had been scheduled to begin March 28 after being delayed from a Jan. 3 start. The new date is June 11.

Koehn and the baby’s mother, Cheyanne Harris, have pleaded not guilty to murder and related charges in the death of their son, Sterling Koehn. Her trial starting date also is June 11. They’re having separate trials.

Authorities say deputies and medics called to the couple’s Alta Vista apartment on Aug. 30 found Sterling dead in the swing, weighing less than 7 pounds, in a diaper that hadn’t been changed in a week, and with maggots forming under his skin.

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