Ackley couple accused of locking child in basement pleads guilty

An Ackley couple accused of locking an 8-year-old in a confined space behind basement stairs in 2017 has entered guilty pleas.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the child's father, Alex Shadlow, 30, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of third-degree kidnapping, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of child endangerment causing serious injury which carry 10 years each.

Traci Tyler, 40, Shadlow's girlfriend was acquitted of first-degree kidnapping in February but faced three other counts of child endangerment. She pleaded guilty and also faces up to 30 years in prison.

As part of the pleas, the couple admitted they confined the boy for at least 30 nights.

The Courier reports sentencing will be at a later date.

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