A 29-year-old Iowa father is charged with murder and child endangerment.
The father called 911 to report that his baby was dead. When the nurse/EMT arrived at the residence, she found the dead infant in a baby swing.
The nurse said the father did not show any emotion when he led her to the dark, hot bedroom where she found the baby's body. She said the baby's "eyes were open, and it was a blank stare." When she touched the baby's chest, the infant's clothing was crusty. When she moved his blanket, gnats flew up.
According to the Assistant Iowa Attorney General, the four-month-old "had been in the same diaper for nine to 14 days when his body was found in the swing." He said the baby's heavily soiled diaper had attracted bugs. He added that the infant died of diaper rash that led to ruptured skin where E.coli bacteria set in.
A coroner's report showed the baby died of malnutrition, dehydration, and the infection.
The father had money to buy food and baby supplies in the apartment. He was a drug user. "Baby Found Dead in Swing 'Died of Diaper Rash,' Prosecutor Says in Father's Trial" www.nbclosangeles.com (Nov. 01, 2018).