Recovery of body testimony brings tears at Nathan Sloop hearing

Mar 27 2013 - 6:21pm

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Nathan Sloop arrives for the first day of his preliminary hearing Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Second District Court in Farmington, Utah. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Nathan Sloop arrives for the first day of his preliminary hearing Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Second District Court in Farmington, Utah. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Nathan Sloop attends the first day of his preliminary hearing Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Second District Court in Farmington, Utah. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Layton Police Sergeant Jeff Roderick takes the witness stand during the first day of his preliminary hearing for Nathan Sloop Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Second District Court in Farmington, Utah. Roderick was an investigator for the case.  (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Nathan Sloop attends the first day of his preliminary hearing Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Second District Court in Farmington, Utah. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Nathan Sloop arrives for the first day of his preliminary hearing Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Second District Court in Farmington, Utah. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Nathan Sloop arrives for the first day of his preliminary hearing Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Second District Court in Farmington, Utah. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Nathan Sloop attends the first day of his preliminary hearing Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Second District Court in Farmington, Utah. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Layton Police Sergeant Jeff Roderick takes the witness stand during the first day of his preliminary hearing for Nathan Sloop Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Second District Court in Farmington, Utah. Roderick was an investigator for the case.  (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
Nathan Sloop attends the first day of his preliminary hearing Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Second District Court in Farmington, Utah. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)

FARMINGTON -- A video of officers recovering the body of Ethan Stacy from a shallow grave brought tears and quiet sobs from those attending the preliminary hearing for Nathanael Sloop on Wednesday.

The small body was wrapped in eight garbage bags, said Layton Police Sgt. Jeff Roderick, the first witness.

Nathan Sloop is charged with aggravated murder, second-degree felony child abuse, second-degree felony obstruction of justice and third-degree felony abuse or desecration of a body in the boy's death.

The video showed officers removing dirt from the grave, one scoop at a time, before removing the boy's body, which was wrapped in eight garbage bags.

Officers also recovered a broken. blood-stained hammer, as well as a lighter fluid bottle and a melted bottle of amonia from the grave site, Roderick said.

The 911 call made by Stephanie Sloop, the boy's mother, was the first piece of evidence heard by Judge Glen Dawson on Wednesday at the preliminary hearing for Nathanael Sloop.

"I woke up in the middle of the night and my son is missing from his room," she said.

The recorded phone call was the beginning a search that lead police to a site near Powder Mountain where they found the body, Roderick said.

Nathan Sloop lead investigators to the site and told one officer he would need a larger shovel to dig out the body, Roderick said.

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