Jonathan David Stacy
2005 - May 11, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial
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 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.
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.
Ethan being abuse, so Ethan was left at
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
The documents stating the charges against
the Sloop's state that Ethan was abused
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
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
forced 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. 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 that
the swelling and bruises might alert
people to the truth
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 Wolf Creek Canyon, Ethan's bruised
and beaten body was discovered.
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
told me he was burning Ethan. He said he
wanted the fluid for the grill when he got
showed signs of being sick but he died of
pneumonia and Nate giving him Xanax.
admitted to abuse when I wasn't there."
that they haven't released the medical
examiner's report yet but Ethan's death was
that go public with."
reveals in her letters what her life is like
thing I will say is that I wake up screaming,
sweating and crying."
could trade places with Ethan I would…I loved
my son more than life, he was
mommy’s little man, he
so smart and happy…the reason I woke up, the
for breath, life isn’t worth it, without
him.""My heart is broken and because of the
negative media, I am branded a horrible
Ethan's father had this to say:
is a bad pathological liar… If she wanted
to trade places with Ethan, she should
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 places with Ethan and
by her own selfish,
she said that she DIDN'T
for fear she would be hurt by her husband.
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
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
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
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,"
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
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
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.
walk for Ethan Stacy
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 Nathaniel Sloop 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
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
Text messages came out that had been sent
between Nathaniel and Stephanie Sloop:
'I told you we had a pit bull on our
hands, but they learn,'
Sloop messaged Stephanie on May 3, 2010.
like Mommy LOL,' she replied.
told you we had to break his ego,' 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 child?
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:
boy died on my watch and I'm horribly
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
was a very traumatic experience for them
to come on a plant and come to Utah. He
need and desire and the want to be here
for his son"
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
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
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:
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
has accurately stated the dilemma. We
disclosed it. She ought to have access to
frankly, the state of Utah also would like
to seek an order from the court ordering
us to turn the material over"
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 hearing.
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.
To Ethan's Story
I want to
thank the anonymous person who sent me
January 27, 2015 (Thank
you Betty for sending me this update)
In November of 2014 Stephanie Sloop was 31
years old when she stood before Judge
Thomas Kay after pleading guilty to
aggravated murder and obstructing justice.
Stephanie cried as she said that she was
sorry for her selfish behavior that lead
to the death of Ethan:
abused prescription medications to the
point I was unable to make sound
and decisions, thus causing me to be
reckless and indifferent with
Ethan's life. I am entirely
responsible because I was his mommy"
Stephanie was supposed to appear in court
for an evidence hearing, however, she
chose to plead guilty and was sentenced to
20 years to life in prison.
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