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Utah Woman Sobbed As She Took Responsibility For Her Son’s Death As She Did Nothing to Stop Fiance From Beating & Burning her 4 Year old Child Before Throwing Him in Shallow Grave

November 18, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Utah Woman Sobbed As She Took Responsibility For Her Son’s Death As She Did Nothing to Stop Fiance From Beating & Burning her 4 Year old Child Before Throwing Him in Shallow Grave Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

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A Utah woman sobbed before a judge Monday while taking full responsibility for the gruesome murder of her 4-year-old son.

Stephanie Sloop, whose son Ethan was repeatedly burned and beaten before his disfigured body was throw into into a shallow grave in 2010, pleaded guilty to his murder while telling a judge: “I am entirely responsible because I was his mommy.”

The 31-year-old’s confession came with her guilty plea to first-degree felony aggravated murder and second-degree felony obstructing justice.

Both sentences will run concurrently as part of a plea deal, giving her 20 years to life in prison.

“I had an obligation and a responsibility as his mother to take care of him and protect him and I failed horribly,” Sloop said in a 3 1/2-minute statement. “My selfish behavior is the reason I am standing here today pleading guilty to these charges.”

Only one week after the child was sent from Virginia to live with Sloop and his soon-to-be stepfather, Nathan Sloop, the physical abuse began,the Deseret News reported.

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The child was burned with hot water, beaten and overmedicated before succumbing to his disgusting injuries sustained between April 29 and May 8, 2010.

In shocking attempt to cover up their crime, they disfigured his corpse by burning it and bashing it with a hammer.

The child was then buried in a shallow grave whose surface was sprinkled with dog food.

Prosecutors accused Nathan Sloop of being the one to carry out the twisted abuse as the child’s mother stood by and did nothing to stop him.

Stephanie Sloop’s attorney claimed that Nathan Sloop was jealous of her young son and that he took advantage of her while she was abusing medications.

“Aside from my selfishness, my addiction to prescription medication and failure to get help paved the way for this tragedy,” Sloop told the judge of her abuse. “I failed to recognized the signs, or rather, I just out-and-out ignored them, doing what I wanted to, like always. My selfishness wouldn’t let me accept that I had ‘a problem,’ let alone let another try to help.

Nathan Sloop also pleaded guilty, while mentally ill, to second-degree felony aggravated assault for attacking a Davis County jail officer, the Deseret News reported.

Nathan Sloop was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for Ethan’s murder and 1 to 15 years for the aggravated assault.

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