NEW YORK (CBS) Ethan Stacy's last days before allegedly being beaten to death and buried in the mountains of northern Utah were nothing but constant torturous abuse, according to police documents released late Wednesday and viewed by Crimesider.
According to probable cause documents from the Layton County Sheriff's Department concerning the arrest of Ethan's mother Stephanie Sloop, the mom received a phone call last Friday from her husband, Nathanael Sloop, saying the 4-year-old had burned himself while taking a bath.
When Stephanie arrived home, the documents say that she found Ethan badly scorched on both feet and along the back of his legs to his buttock area. She also noticed what she described to police as human feces in Ethan's mouth.
Stephanie told investigators that she did not get medical attention for Ethan, thought she felt he needed it, due to fear that her husband would harm her if she tried to do so, according to the documents.
Stephanie is now facing charges of felony child abuse, obstruction of justice, and desecration of a corpse. Nathanael Sloop is facing charges of aggravated homicide, felony child abuse, and obstruction of justice.
Ethan's body was found wrapped in plastic in Ogden canyon in Utah on Tuesday evening. His mother and stepfather reported him missing Monday, saying that he wandered out of the family's apartment in Layton; however, police arrested and charged both the mother and the stepfather with his death Tuesday.
Prosecutors said they expect to file charges on Friday against the couple.
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