GUILTY IA - Sterling Koehn, 4 mos, starved to death, Alta Vista, 30 Aug 2017

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  1. Niner

    Niner Long time Websleuther

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    GOOD!

    Any sentencing date? TIA! :)

    and a BIG [​IMG] to HayLouise for the tweets!!

    edited to add - anyone know how long the jurors deliberated??
     
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  2. HayLouise

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    You are all welcome!

    Let's just say I have a pretty quiet job at times.. lol
     
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    Jewels53 Forever in my Heart!

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    A former Alta Vista mother has been found guilty in the 2017 death of her son.

    After four hours of deliberation, jurors found 21-year-old Cheyanne Harris guilty of first-degree murder and child endangerment causing death.


    The defense contended during closings that Harris could be convicted of child endangerment causing death but fought the murder charge.

    First-degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence without parole. Sentencing has tentatively been set for Feb. 19.

    GUILTY: Cheyanne Harris found guilty of 1st-degree murder, child endangerment

    @Niner this article says February 19th for sentencing as I bolded above.
     
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    Thank you Jewels! :)
     
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    This August will be the 9th anniversary of our little boy's death. This is about the worst kind of crime a person could commit. I don't normally become emotionally invested in cases, but this one angers me in ways I can't describe. People like my husband and I, people who would've done anything to save their child...And then there are people like this.
     
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    mtnlites, I'm so sorry about your loss. I've been blessed with 4 sons and 2 stepsons, all grownup and healthy. There are so many loving couples out there who like you have lost a child or perhaps are desperate to become parents but can't do so naturally. It breaks my heart to think of how darling Sterling was left to rot, if they both didn't want him I'm sure plenty of people would have stepped up to take him. That's what hurts more, knowing that what the mother did was so unnecessary, so vicious, so selfish.
     
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    The fact that this was such an unnecessary thing is what gets to me. Are there safe haven laws there? If not, then let a family member take him. Heck, he'd probably have been better off if she'd stood in the middle of the grocery store and just handed him to someone. The thought of that baby literally rotting...
     
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    So I started back at the beginning of the thread and I am only about halfway through, but I wanted to address something about well-child visits and the doctor. I've seen many posts that state the doctor visits for the first year are "mandatory" and that home nurses come out. Unfortunately, neither one of these are true in a blanket sense.

    I was a family therapist (basically a glorified social worker) for years and I worked with hundreds of families with infants. I've also had 3 children myself. While there ARE certain state and federal programs (HANDS comes to mind, for instance), there are no federal or state laws that state that infants MUST have well-child visits that first year. They are highly encouraged and suggested, but they're not mandated. In fact, many insurance programs, including Medicaid, will actually reward parents for making those visits in an attempt to encourage them to stick to a schedule. Most pediatric offices have a lot of patients. If they see that a child is up for a visit or has missed a visit, they'll generally send a reminder note or make a phone call, but that's it.

    Now, if medical abuse is suspected that's a totally different thing. They can make a report. Not making a well-child visit, however, is not considered medical abuse. You are not required by law to take your child to the doctor if that child is not sick. In fact, you're technically not required by law to take your child to the doctor if they ARE sick-you're only required to get them proper medical care. And that can be REALLY subjective, which is a problem. It's a gray area.

    Not even most Medicaid programs cover home health nurses for healthy babies. It's a whole procedure to get them to cover services for sick ones. However, there ARE programs out there, like HANDS, in which social workers (not always doctors or even medically trained people) come out once a week or once a month and work with new parents to help them with lactation, newborn care, etc. HANDS is entirely optional, though, and this family would not have qualified for it because it's only available to first-time parents.

    All of this came up when someone asked if the baby hadn't been to the doctor in those 4 months. It's possible they took him after he was born, but maybe they didn't. For all 3 of my children's births, I simply wrote down a pediatrician's name on the report after he was born. None of the 3 different hospitals I gave birth at contacted that pediatrician to confirm that I'd made an appointment with them. Even if they had contacted the pediatrician, it wouldn't have rung any alarm bells if I hadn't gone to an appointment-the doctor probably would've just assumed that I'd decided to go someplace else.

    Unfortunately, it's relatively easy to fall through the cracks.

    I find it hard to believe that he was that small at his death and nobody in his life noticed before. On the other hand, he looks healthy in the pictures I've seen of him.

    But seriously. Standing in a public place and handing him off to almost anyone would've been better than what they did.
     
  10. Niner

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    Tuesday, February 19th:
    *Sentencing (@ am CT) - IA - Sterling Daniel Koehn (4 mos old) (found Aug. 30, 2017 decomposing & covered in maggots in swing, Alta Vista) – only for *Cheyanne Renae Harris (20) “mom” charged & indicted (10/24/17) & arraigned (11/8/17) with 1st degree murder & child endangerment causing death. Plead not guilty. $100K Cash bond.

    Trial was from 1/30/19 to 2/6/19.
    2/6/19 Day 5: Judge begins reading the jury instructions. Count 1 is 1st-degree murder. Lesser included offenses are 2nd-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Count 2 is Child Endangerment resulting in death. Lessers are CE causing serious injury, CE causing bodily injury, and Child Endangerment. Asat. Iowa AG Denise Timmins is giving closings for state. Aaron Hawbaker is giving closings for defense. State's rebuttal. The jury is now deliberating the fate of Iowa woman charged with the murder of her 4-month-old son. Deliberations started at 11:05am CT. Jury sent a note, word for word: "Written interview with Chief Deputy Palo and of Chris Calloway". Another jury note asking about definitions of malice, intent, and murder 1st, murder 2nd and manslaughter. After 4 hours of deliberations the jury brings back a verdict of: GUILTY of murder in the first-degree. GUILTY of Child Endangerment causing the death of a child. The mandatory penalty for 1st-degree murder in Iowa is life without the possibility of parole. Sentencing is tentatively scheduled for 2/19/19.
    *Zachary Paul Koehn (28) charged & indicted (10/24/17) with 1st degree murder & child endangerment. Plead not guilty; $100K Cash bond.
    11/6/18 Update Day 6: The child's mother, Cheyanne Harris, was charged & isn't being tried with Koehn. Koehn's defense had subpoenaed her. But her attorney asserted her 5th Amendment rights during a hearing last month after the subpoena. Defense witness: Michael O'Hara, PhD, professor of psychology (Postpartum Depression specialist). Defense is done with evidence. No state rebuttal. Judge gave the jury instructions. Both sides gave closing arguments. Prosecutor gave rebuttal arguments. Judge dismissed the alternate jurors, both men. Jury sent to deliberate at 12:50 p.m. Jury back with verdict after an hour & 10 minutes of deliberations. Guilty of 1st degree murder & child endangerment causing death. Murder carries mandatory life w/out parole, sentencing at later date. 11/21/18: Defense files motion for a new trial. 12/4/18 Update: Judge Richard Stochl on Tuesday sentenced Koehn to the life sentence without parole, as was mandatory under state law.
     
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    3 hrs ago Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reported, Attorneys for C H seek to throw out conviction.

    Sorry I can't give a link due to the EU rulings I can't view here in the UK.
     
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    Defense attorney Aaron Hawbaker filed a motion Monday attacking the felony murder theory used by prosecutors at trial. Jurors had to find Harris used unreasonable force, torture or cruelty that resulted in injury to her son, Sterling Koehn.

    “There was no evidence presented showing the intentional use of force, torture or cruelty,” Hawbaker wrote in the motion. “The State’s position that the result of the deprivation of food was torturous and cruel is misguided and places the emphasis on the result and not the method or acts of torture and cruelty as required by statute.”

    As during trial, Hawbaker admitted in the motion the evidence supported the child endangerment conviction.

    Attorneys for Cheyanne Harris seek to throw out conviction
     
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    Prosecutors are resisting the defense motion. Assistant Iowa Attorney General Denise Timmins said placing Sterling in a baby swing and leaving him in a hot room for 10 to 14 days without food or a diaper change amounted to torture or cruelty.

    “Instead of providing her child the help he needed to survive, the defendant instead chose to put a heavy blanket over the window to dampen sound and smell, place air fresheners underneath the swing to cover up the smell, and to continue her life as if nothing was wrong in the back room. (The child) suffering for the length of time he did at the hands of his mother is nothing but torturous and cruel,” Timmins wrote.

    Attorneys for Cheyanne Harris seek to throw out conviction
     
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    Thanks HayLouise for the link and info. It's so frustrating that I miss so much because of the eu ruling.
     
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    I did too, but get a VPN app for your phone :)
     
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    Hadn't thought of that, I don't use my phone online but will check out for iPad. Thanks.
     
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    Sentenced to life!
     
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    Cheyanne Harris sentenced to life in prison for infant son's death

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    Cheyanne Renae Harris has been sentenced to prison in 2017 neglect death of her 4-month-old son.

    Judge Richard Stochl sentenced Harris, 21 and formerly of Alta Vista, to life in prison on a charge of first-degree murder Tuesday in Chickasaw County Court in New Hampton. The murder charge doesn't allow for parole.

    The charge of child endangerment resulting in death merged with the murder charge.

    Cheyanne Harris sentenced to life in prison for infant son's death


     
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