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
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.
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 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
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.
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 place with Ethan, she should
knew that Ethan needed medical attention but didn’t do anything about
I couldn't agree with
Joe more since
Stephanie had the chance to trade place with Ethan and by her own
evil admission she said that she DIDN'T
for fear she would be
hurt by her husband.
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
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.
walk for 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.
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
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
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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