By Fox News. An Iowa couple was charged with first degree murder after their 4-month-old son was found dead and infested with maggots inside their apartment.
Police were called to the Riceville apartment of Cheyanne Harris, 20, and Zachary Koehn, 28, on August 30 after Koehn said his son Sterling was unresponsive, a few hours after he said Harris fed the infant . . .
The infant weighed just under seven pounds and was 14 inches long, well below the fifth percentile for the child’s age, according to an autopsy conducted by the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office.
Examiners also discovered maggots in various stages of development on the child’s skin and clothing, indicating the 4-month-old had not had a diaper change or bath in over a week — and hadn’t even been removed from the power swing in that time, the criminal complaint said. (Read more from “Iowa Couple Charged With Murder After 4-Month-Old Son Found Dead, Infested With Maggots” HERE)
Oklahoma Child Care Worker Convicted of Murder Following Death of Infant
By Fox News. A children’s day care owner in Oklahoma was convicted Thursday in the death of an infant in 2016.
Melissa Dawn Clark, 47, who pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, could face life in prison following the ruling. Sentencing is expected to take place on Dec. 13.
Clark was charged in connection to the death of Braelyn Zachary who was only a few months old when she died of blunt force trauma to the head on July 19, 2016.
Clark provided a series of explanations for how the child was injured, investigators said, including that she tripped while holding the girl, that she dropped the girl and that she threw her into a bouncy seat while frustrated. (Read more from “Oklahoma Child Care Worker Convicted of Murder Following Death of Infant” HERE)