A photo that shows a possibly bruised Ethan Stacy has been circulating on the Internet and now is the subject of police investigation.
In the photo, Ethan is sitting with his stepfather, Nathan Sloop, who is suspected of murdering Ethan on May 9. The photo appears in an screen image of a "Nathan Stephanie Sloop" Facebook page, posted online at KSL.com.
It reportedly is the page of Ethan's mother, Stephanie Sloop, who was also arrested in the 4-year-old's death.
The photo's caption reads, "My two favorite boys playing video games together." In the picture, the child's jaw appears darker than the rest of his face.
Layton police Sgt. Todd Derrick said detectives are trying to determine whether the picture is authentic. He would not say whether they have confirmed Stephanie Sloop's connection to the page or whether the discoloration of Ethan's jaw is the result of an injury.
"We aren't going to release any information because it is evidence," Derrick said. "It is part of the case."