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Couple convicted of locking boy in basement file appeals

December 31, 2018

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — A southeast Iowa couple convicted of locking their adopted 7-year-old son in their basement at night have filed appeals.

Des Moines County court records say the attorney for 44-year-old Heidi Fiems, of Mediapolis, filed the appeal notice after her sentencing Friday. A jury found the woman and her husband, 45-year-old Justin Fiems, guilty in October of misdemeanor child endangerment. He filed his appeal after his sentencing Nov. 30.

Both were sentenced to 180 days in jail but must serve only 60 days. Each was fined $625 and given two years of probation.

The Hawk Eye reports that Heidi Fiems was tearful Friday as she described the “wrong choice” she and her husband made. At trial Fiems said she told investigators the couple moved their son to the basement from his upstairs bedroom because he was urinating on the carpet and in his bed.

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Information from: The Hawk Eye, http://www.thehawkeye.com

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