Ackley Pair Sentenced to 30 Years in Basement Confinement Case

A man and woman who confined the man’s son in a basement in central Iowa have each been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

31-year-old Alex Shadlow and his girlfriend, 40-year-old Traci Tyler, were sentenced Friday.

Shadlow had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree kidnapping and two counts of child endangerment causing serious injury. Tyler had pleaded guilty to three counts of child endangerment causing serious injury.

Prosecutors say Tyler and Shadlow locked his 8-year-old son in a space beneath the basement stairs of their Ackley home for at least nine hours a day in summer.  The boy told authorities he slept on concrete, had no access to a bathroom and food was withheld.