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Mother who allegedly killed son appears in court

Published October 16, 2012 2:57 pm

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Farmington • Stephanie Sloop, the Davis County mother charged with killing her own son, appeared Tuesday in 2nd District Court.

Sloop, 29, faces a charge of aggravated murder in the May 2010 death of her 4-year-old son, Ethan Stacy. Nathan Sloop, 33, the boy's new stepfather at the time, faces the same charge.

Charging documents allege the Layton couple engaged in multiple acts of "severe abuse" between April 29 and May 8 in 2010, which led to Ethan's death, including "beatings, burning, drugging, isolating, malnourishing, leaving the child alone and unattended while suffering, and refusing to seek vital life-sustaining medical attention."

Nathan Sloop appeared in court last week, where Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings said "significant progress" was being made on the case. Nathan Sloop is scheduled to next appear in court Dec. 11.

Stephanie Sloop's attorney continues to want to follow Nathan Sloop's proceedings for "strategic" reasons. She will next appear in court Dec. 14.

Aaron Falk