Alta Vista mother found guilty of murder in son’s death

Le Mars, Iowa – Cheyenne Harris of  Alta Vista woman has been found guilty in the 2017 death of her son.

Jurors returned a verdict of first-degree murder and child endangerment only four hours after closing arguments Wednesday afternoon.

The defense argued Harris could be convicted of child endangerment causing death but fought the murder charge, according to the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier.

First-degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence without parole.  Harris’s sentencing is tentatively scheduled for February 19.

Authorities found her 4-month-old son,Sterling Koehn, dead in a swing seat in a bedroom on August 30, 2017.  Sterling’s father, Zachary, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the fall.


Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.
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