Nathan Sloop admits to brutal death of 4-year-old stepson

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  • Oh My Heck! Vernal, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 4:32 p.m.

    I followed this case with horror at the time it happened. It was, and still is, so very sad. This little boy did not want to come and stay with his mother, and his father didn't want to let him go, but the courts made him. When, oh when, will the judges and courts listen to the instincts of the parents and the wishes of the child? My heart aches for Ethan's father Joe. At least Ethan is in a safe place, loved and happy and free from harm. And the perpetrators of this awful thing will receive the ultimate justice from God. Hugs to the family. I have 9 children and almost 26 grandchildren. I can only imagine the pain you are going through.

  • Icarus Dallas, Texas
    Feb. 6, 2014 7:06 a.m.

    Only 25 years for torturing to death a boy to death over the course of a week? You've got to be kidding me. Not even a life sentence??? This is unbelievable and a sham.

  • Learner Sacramento, CA
    Feb. 5, 2014 2:33 p.m.

    Sloop is not insane; he did not want the child to interfere in his love life with the child's mother. Sloop is a sadist but not crazy.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    Feb. 5, 2014 9:05 a.m.

    There is no doubt that God allows "evil" and does not condone it. You have to know that the angels came for this young soul as they do for all of the defenseless.

  • JNA Layton, UT
    Feb. 5, 2014 8:05 a.m.

    I have no problem with this on one condition and one condition only. Nathan Sloop mus wear a white t-shirt every day with bold black lettering that says "I killed and tortured a tiny child" he never ever should get solitary confinement and must remain in the open with death row inmates at all times. If those conditions are not met, then I do have a problem with this ruling

  • Vince Ballard South Ogden, UT
    Feb. 5, 2014 5:27 a.m.

    Here is another example: "Wheeling and dealing" attorneys, a "slapwrist" judge, and a little boys blood cries out from the ground. I hope they can all sleep with themselves at night. Another nail in the coffin of our criminal justice system, and maybe, just maybe an opening for eventual vigilantism and even greater injustices.

  • mattrick78 Cedar City, UT
    Feb. 5, 2014 12:26 a.m.

    I read this and want to cry. There are simply no words. Rest in Peace little buddy.

  • Big C Murray, UT
    Feb. 4, 2014 9:59 p.m.

    Irony Guy, I agree 100%. If the death penalty isn't for cases like this, then why do we even have it? Perhaps the mother to this poor child will get an even tougher sentence (wishful thinking; that'll never happen). If this Sloop guy was "suffering" from a mental illness while inflicting such atrocities on this innocent child... Then even MORE reason to hold the mother to further accountability. She should have protected her child from him even more, not knowing what he was capable of doing. Oh wait... She was "afraid of him". As if that is a good excuse to let someone abuse, torture, and kill your child. I am disappointed all around in the handling of this case. Words cannot express how sorrowful I am for Ethan's father.

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    Feb. 4, 2014 8:02 p.m.

    An abominable decision. Sloop can plead what he wants, but the judge doesn't have to accept it. Insanity? 25 years? All other charges dropped? If I ever saw a death penalty case, this is it. Deeply disappointed in the Davis County prosecutor.

  • Deserthiker SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 4, 2014 5:43 p.m.

    There can be no ggod outcome from a tragedy such as this case. No punishment society can inflict brings back this young child or takes away the suffering Ethan went through. Justice demands that his killers spend a very long time, if not the remainder of their lives, in prison. Ultimately, they will have to answer to a just God for their actions. It does comfort me to know that Ethan is now beyond mortal pain in the arms of a loving Father in Heaven.