Boy severely burned prior to death, say doctors
A burn specialist says a 4-year-old boy whose stepfather is accused of beating him to death suffered severe and painful hot water burns that contributed to his death.
The Standard-Examiner of Ogden reports Dr. Jeffrey Saffle said Friday in a preliminary hearing that the burns left Ethan Stacy with second- and third-degree burns on his feet and legs.
Saffle says recovering from the burns would have required skin grafts and three weeks in the hospital.
Prosecutors say 34-year-old Nathanael Sloop used a hammer to disfigure the boy's face and buried the body in the mountains in May 2010. Sloop's wife, Stephanie Sloop, is also accused of contributing to her son's death.
Sloop pleaded not guilty to the charges last year.
The preliminary hearing is set to continue on June 20 with oral arguments from attorneys.
Information from: Standard-Examiner, http://www.standard.net
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