Funeral director Ronald claims he prevented Dashia from seeing her baby’s body to prevent her from being overly sad. “The question is what she will see. She won’t notice anything that resembles her child, predicted Ronald. Then who is to blame? he said, “She may suffer a heart attack or be traumatized by seeing it.”
No matter how difficult it might be, Dashia believes that seeing her son’s body will provide closure and help her feel less anguish and guilt. Family members claim that they were left in the dark about the investigation’s progress and that no one returned their calls or responded to their queries.
The boy’s low weight at the time of his death—less than 7 pounds—makes this tragedy even more tragic. Moreover, it was found that he had gone almost a week without any care before passing away. Although the infant’s maltreatment looked horrific at the time, things only grew worse when authorities started looking into the case and uncovered the second shocking revelation concerning the boy’s corpse.
The couple’s flat was visited by an ambulance after Koehn informed the police that his 4-month-old son, Sterling Koehn, had passed away. According to KTLA, the infant was found “in a motorized swing seat in a different bedroom from where the couple and their second child slept” when the police arrived.
Sadly, things only grew worse as the inquiry went on. In reality, an autopsy performed by the state medical examiner’s office revealed that the infant’s height and weight were far below the fifth percentile for the child’s age. On the child’s skin and clothing, they found maggots in various stages of growth, which was the second horrible finding they uncovered.
The youngster “had not had a diaper change, wash, or been removed from the seat in over a week,” it was discovered. He was neglected by his parents, who also engaged in open abuse of him. His death was determined to be a murder and the failure to administer critical care was determined to be the cause of death.
First-degree murder and child endangerment that results in death are the allegations against his parents, Harris and Koehn. They will be charged on November 2 and are being detained at the Chickasaw County Prison.
Koehn’s friend Amanda Reynolds had known him for over ten years, and she “knew they killed him.” She said, “Zach was a very lovely, gentle human being,” according to Heavy. He hailed from a respectable household. He later developed a methamphetamine addiction, though, and completely changed.