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The opening statement Assistant Attorney General Colemasn McAllister told the jury during a trial in Iowa, where Zachary Paul Koehn stands accused of murder after his infant’s son body was found hanging in a baby swing on August 30, 2017.
“He died of diaper rash. That’s right, diaper rash.”
The baby’s nappy was so soiled, insects had laid eggs which hatched into maggots, causing a rash to break through the skin where E. Coli and bacteria set in, reports Ten Daily.
A coroner’s report shows the four month old boy, Sterling, died of malnutrition, dehydration and the infection.
Reports suggested he had been in the same nappy for up to 14 days.
The father called 911 to report his son’s death on Tuesday and was described as emotionless when he led first responders to his son’s lifeless body, reports Fox 32.
The father’s attorney has called the baby’s death a tragedy, not a crime.
McAllister denied the defense on the basis that Koehn and his partner, Cheyanne Harris, also had a two year old daughter who was in good health, and despite the father being a drug user, there was money in the house for food and baby supplies.
The baby’s mother is also facing a separate trial at a later date.
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