FARMINGTON -- Nathanael Sloop was taking more than 300 pills of prescribed medications during the days before Ethan Stacy died, Sloop's attorney said in court Thursday.
The evidence presented by attorney Richard Mauro came during the second day of a preliminary hearing for Sloop, 34, of Layton. The hearing will determine if there is sufficient evidence to require Sloop to stand trial for Ethan's homicide.
The criminal case against Stephanie Sloop, who is Ethan's mother, is separate from her husband's. Her preliminary hearing is set for April 15.
Both Sloops are 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 4-year-old Ethan's death.
The boy's disfigured body was found near Powder Mountain on May 11, 2010, wrapped in eight garbage bags. He died May 8, 2010, officials said.
Mauro said the medicine prescribed by Davis Family Physicians included Valium, Lortab and other central nervous system drugs. Nathanael took 650 pills in March and 550 pills in April, he said.
Mauro also said the Sloops sought psychological help for Ethan's behavioral problems in the days leading up to his death. Nathanael Sloop also sought medical attention because Ethan had bitten him.
Testimony in the case is continuing Thursday afternoon with cross examination of Layton Police Sgt. Jeff Roderick from the stand.