Ethan Jonathan David
22, 2005 - May 11, 2010
A Grave Memorial
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
them 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.
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.
||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.
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
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.
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 forced human feces in his
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. Nathaniel
Sloop had beaten Ethan so badly
that his face swelled up, so
he and Stephanie locked Ethan in a room and left
him there while they went to get
married, that was
on May 6th. Stephanie and Nathaniel thought
On May 9th, Ethan was found dead and rather than report it to the
police, he was 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. Nathaniel and Stephanie
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 5:00 p.m., in
Creek Canyon, Ethan's bruised and
beaten body was discovered.
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:
no idea about the
hammer, I wasn't there when Nate buried my son. I was in the car and
never told me he was burning Ethan. He said he wanted the fluid for the
grill when he got home."
never showed signs of being sick but he died of pneumonia and Nate
giving him Xanax.
already admitted to
abuse when I wasn't there."
obvious that they
haven't released the medical examiner's report
yet but Ethan's death was
go public with."
in her letters what her life is like behind
only thing I will
say is that I wake
up screaming, sweating and crying."
I could trade places with Ethan I would…I loved my son more than life,
he was mommy’s little
was so smart and happy…the reason I woke up, the reason for breath,
life isn’t worth it,
heart is broken and because of the negative media, I am branded a
Stacy, Ethan's father had this to say:
"Stephanie is a bad
pathological liar… If she wanted to trade places with Ethan, she should
knew that Ethan needed medical attention but didn’t do anything about
couldn't agree with
Joe more since
Stephanie had the chance to trade places with Ethan and by her own
admission she said that she DIDN'T
for fear she would be
hurt by her husband.
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
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.
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."
county attorney's office has 60 days allowed by law to decide whether
or not to seek the death penalty.
of people come to support Stacy family
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.
of them was August Teusher. She was collecting signatures for a
petition for a new law regarding parental custody.
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
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
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."
demonstrators say they were not part of any group but felt compelled to
make a statement for justice.
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."
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."
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
body was uncovered May 11 near Powder Mountain after Layton police say
reported him missing the
night before. He had just been in Utah for 10 days with his mom, who
had summer visitation.
body was returned to his father, Joe Stacy, and buried last
week in Virginia.
walk for Ethan Stacy
A memorial walk will
be held later this morning for
4 year old Ethan Stacy.
May 11, Police found Statcy's body in a shallow grave in Utah Canyon
near the down of Layton which is near Salt Lake
Friday, Stephanie and Nathaniel Sloop were charged with aggravated
murder, child abuse, obstruction of justice
and abuse of a body in the beating death of Stacy.
Sloops are in a Davis County Utah jail without bond. A conviction
on the aggravated murder charge could result in
the death penatly.
memorial walk for Ethan will begin at 10: am at the Grundy
from the Trupoint Bank will also be there to collect
donations for the Ethan Stacy Memorial Fund.
you to Brenda for making me aware of this story and allowing me
to honor Ethan's memory.
July 29, 2014
Text messages came out that had been sent between Nathaniel and
'I told you we had a
pit bull on our hands,
but they learn,' Sloop messaged Stephanie on May 3, 2010.
'Just like Mommy LOL,'
'I told you we had to
break his ego,' Sloop
Sloop replied they 'had
to figure out how to
keep him in his room'.
To see two, full grown adults talking about a child this way, sickens
me. How could ANYONE get such
obvious pleasure from planning and carrying out a plan to torture a
In February of 2014, Nathan Sloop, who was 35 years old at the time,
plead guilty to aggravated murder, but said he was mentally ill during
the time he committed the crime:
"That boy died on my
watch and I'm horribly sorry"
Nathan stood in from of Judge Glen Dawson and said that his mindset had
been "reckless indifference" at the time and that he wanted to take
responsibility for what he had done and then he apologized again. Joe
Stacey and his wife were in the courtroom to hear the sentence of 25
years to life in prison on the murder charge and one to 15 years for
the aggravated assault:
"It was a very
traumatic experience for them to come on a plant and come to Utah. He
the need and desire and
the want to be here for his son"
Tray Rawlings - Lawyer
The plea deal that was struck would stop any appeals that might have
been filed. It was said that while he had been mentally ill while he
was committing his crimes, Nathan was no longer sick:
"I do not think that
Mr. Sloop wanted Ethan Stacey to die or intended for him to die"
Richard Mauro said that Nathan being mentally ill and taking
prescription pain killers as well as other medications had been what
lead him not to care about the suffering Ethan was going through. Once
again it sounds like someone is saying that as long as you don't MEAN to kill a child while you are ABUSING that child, then you should
not pay a high price for the DEATH
of that child. Talk about the very definition of INDIFFERENT!
At the same time, Stephanie Sloop, who was 31 years
old by this time, was charged with first degree felony aggravated
murder as well as other charges, had her trial postponed because her
Lawyer, Mary Corporon informed the judge about information that the
Prosecutors were supposed to have that could exonerate Stephanie. At
that time, the information was not released to the public:
"There is a competing
constitutional claim as to whether that can be released or not"
Troy Rawlings said that Prosecutors were willing to hand over the new
evidence, but that Nathan's Lawyers had a problem with them doing so:
accurately stated the dilemma. We disclosed it. She ought to have
access to it.
Quite frankly, the
state of Utah also would like to seek an order from the court ordering
allowing us to turn the
Judge Glen Dawson was not able to make the decision, but was going to
set up a hearing to involve Nathan's Lawyers and Mary Corporon said
that they would waive Stephanie's rights to a speedy preliminary
I don't know what new evidence they could have but it should be good
because this woman KNEW this
boy was being abused, She KNEW
he needed medical care, she KNEW
he was dead and she LIED to
Police about the situation! I am not totally convinced that she didn't
participate in the abuse!
Stephanie would next be scheduled for court in September of 2014 and
then the trial was supposed to start in November of 2014.