WARNING: Distressing content.

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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  • Sorry, but these people don’t deserve to be parents – how could anybody leave a child without food or nurture for 14 days?


  • Oh my, I could only read a few lines, how can they call themselves parents, may they be locked up. This is very disturbing.


  • This is outrageous. How could a parent allow this to happen to their helpless child.


  • Horrible. That poor little baby. How can they live with themselves.


  • Despicable, disgusting human beings! They should’ve given the baby away to someone who would have loved him.


  • Oh gosh, I wish I hadn’t read this. This poor poor little boy, my heart bleeds for him.


  • This is absolutely disgraceful. That poor little baby, the parents will be suffering a long time now in jail.


  • This is unforgivable and neglect. I’ve never heard of, and hope to ever hear of again, a child dying of nappy rash. The raw pain this child must have been in and the suffering… the parents/carers must be locked up. And how can they parent another?


  • How can anyone let a poor helpless baby get to this stage. If you cant or dont what to look after your baby give it to someone who can.


  • That poor babe must have been in agony, I hope they are resting in peace now


  • That’s why I always try my best to make sure it heals asap!


  • This is a tragedy and a crime. How can this NOT be a crime. Why didn’t they give the baby up for adoption if they didn’t want it, which clearly they didn’t. Lots of couples would have loved to have this baby a loving, safe home yet through circumstance cannot.


  • How can this not be a crime?


  • Makes me sick to my stomach, the pain that poor wee darling must have felt…


  • Not a crime?! It is a crime, they should be fully charged with his death


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