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.


Kellan Heavican

News & Sports Director

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