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Ethan Jonathan David Stacy
September 22, 2005 - May 11, 2010
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Once again I find myself wondering how a mother could put a man before her child. Stephanie Sloop did just that when she allowed her son to be tortured to death by her husband, Nathan, her sons stepfather. In May of 2010, Nathan and Stephanie sloop were in court to hear that charges against the in the death of Ethan Stacy.  In a town called Farmington, located in Utah, the couple was in court and was formally charged with aggravated murder, second degree felony child abuse, obstruction of justice and abuse or desecration of a body. Stephanie was crying, probably for herself rather than for her dead child and Nathan showed no emotion at all as they were lead out of the courtroom. Nathan did whisper I love you to his mother as he was lead away. Prosecutors were trying to figure out if the death penalty would apply in this case.



Those who knew and loved Ethan best, say he was a wonderful little boy. Ethan's father had done all he could do to prevent Ethan from going to visit his mother. Unfortunately, the courts have all the power and Ethan was made to go and he paid the ultimate price for the failings of the court system.

The documents stating the charges against the Sloop's state that Ethan was abused for DAYS, during which serious injuries were caused due to being beaten, burned, drugged, malnourished and being left alone while suffering though all of this. The Sloop's were facing the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole for what they did to Ethan.

As it tuns out, Joe Stacy had tried to give warnings that Stephanie was unstable and had even abandoned Ethan
in the past. Joe was concerned that if Ethan was allowed to go to Utah to visit his mother, she would never allow him to return home to his father. The divorce decree stated that Joe and Stephanie were to share custody of Ethan. Ethan was supposed to spend the Summer in Utah with his mother. He would never make it home alive.

Police records show that Ethan was beaten for days before his body could take more and he died. Ethan was tortured, he was burned in scalding water and his mother found human feces in his mouth. Ethan had been with his mother for less than two weeks when he was already dead and his body was buried in the mountains of Eden, Utah. Nathanael Sloop had beaten Ethan so badly that his face swelled up, so he and Stephanie locked Ethan in a room and
left hm there while they went to get
married, that was on May 6th. Stephanie and Nathanael thought
thought that the swelling and bruises might alert people to the fact that Ethan had been beaten, so they decided not to bring him to the wedding.

On May 9th, Ethan was found dead and rather than report it to the police, beaten with a hammer on his face and teeth in the hopes that he would not be able to be recognized and then they took his body into the mountains and buried him there. Stephanie would report her son missing to police, claiming he had sneaked out of their apartment. Nathanael and Stepanie were not telling the same story to police and of course this cause them to become suspicious. A search was taking place and attention was focused on a place where a possible burial site had been seen. At 5pm, in Wolf Creek Canyon, Ethan's bruised and beaten body was discovered.



Stephanie would tell police that she knew Ethan needed medical help but she was afraid to get it for him out of
fear that her husband would hurt her. I see, Stephanie, it's okay for him to hurt your son, just not you. Worse than
that is the fact that Stephanie had been taking pictures and video with her cell phone. In letters to a local news,
Stephanie said the following, she was being held in isolation in prison at the time:

"I had no idea about the hammer, I wasn't there when Nate buried my son. I was in the car and
Nate never told me he was burning Ethan. He said he wanted the fluid for the grill when he got home."

"He never showed signs of being sick but he died of pneumonia and Nate giving him Xanax.
Nate already admitted to abuse when I wasn't  there." 

"It's obvious that they haven't released the medical examiner's report yet but Ethan's death was
ruled ACCIDENTAL, that go public with."

Stephanie also reveals in her letters what her life is like behind bars.

“Sleeping…the only thing I will say is that I wake up screaming, sweating and crying."

 "If I could trade places with Ethan I would…I loved my son more than life, he was mommy’s little
man,
he was so smart and happy…the reason I woke up, the reason for breath, life isn’t worth it,
without him."


"My heart is broken and because of the negative media, I am branded a horrible person."

Joe Stacy, Ethan's father had this to say:

"Stephanie is a bad pathological liar… If she wanted to trade place with Ethan, she should have.
 Stephanie knew that Ethan needed medical attention but didn’t do anything about it.”

I couldn't agree with Joe more since Stephanie had the chance to trade place with Ethan and by her own selfish,
evil  admission she said that she DIDN'T for fear she would be hurt by her husband. Shelby's

Shelby's Law

Prosecutors are looking into the possibility of asking for the death penalty for Ethan Stacy's death under Shelby's Law. Passed in 2007, it makes child abuse deaths involving reckless indifference a capital offense.

Kimberly Hale came to court to support the law named after her 10-year-old daughter Shelby Andrews. Shelby died in 2006 after being abused by her stepmother and father. Hale says Ethan Stacy's case brings back bad memories, but she's grateful Shelby's death was not in vain.

Hale said, "We knew that Shelby was put here for great things. Unfortunately, it was her death that brought about those changes. So, it's kind of a bittersweet moment."

The county attorney's office has 60 days allowed by law to decide whether or not to seek the death penalty.

Hundreds of people come to support Stacy family

More than a hundred people packed the courtroom Friday. Many of them are strangers to the Sloops, but they wanted to show their support for four year old Ethan Stacy.

One of them was August Teusher. She was collecting signatures for a petition for a new law regarding parental custody.

The petition for Ethan's Law has also been going around online.

Ethan's Law looks at stricter standards to ensure a non-custodial parent takes proper care of their child during visitation.

"I think that kids are getting failed every day, and we as a people have stand up for what we believe in to make their lives change," Teusher said.

Several others who attended the hearing were carrying signs in support of Ethan. One sign said, "An eye for an eye," while another had the word Sloop with nooses making the two "O's."

The demonstrators say they were not part of any group but felt compelled to make a statement for justice.

"I'm hoping the justice system will do the right thing," said Dennis Turner. "But if they are proven murder charges against these two individuals, I don't want them locked up for 20-30 years, because Ethan didn't even have a chance at life."

Another Ethan Stacy supporter, Jennifer Jory said, "We just wanted to come out and support Ethan, and hopefully get some justice for him, if there is any to be had."

When asked if she had received any threats, Pam Sloop, Nathan's mother, told KSL Newsradio that she did, but she didn't want to go into details.

Ethan's body was uncovered May 11 near Powder Mountain after Layton police say theSloops reported him missing the night before. He had just been in Utah for 10 days with his mom, who had summer visitation.

Ethan's body was returned to his father, Joe Stacy, and buried last week in Virginia.

Memorial walk for Ethan Stacy
By Richard Harker

A memorial walk will be held later this morning for 4 year old Ethan Stacy.

On May 11, Police found Statcy's body in a shallow grave in Utah Canyon near the down of Layton which is near Salt
Lake City.

On Friday, Stephanie and nathanael Sloope were charged with aggravated murder, child abuse, obstruction of
justice and abuse of a body in the beating death of Stacy.

The Sloops are in a Davis County Utah jail without bond. A conviction on the aggravated murder charge could result
in the death penatly.

The memorial walk for Ethan will begin at 10: am at the Grundy Community Center.

Representatives from the Trupoint Bank will also be there to collect donations for the Ethan Stacy Memorial Fund.

Thank you to Brenda for making me aware of this story and allowing me to honor Ethan's memory.

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