A medical examiner says a 4-year-old boy whose stepfather is accused of beating him to death died from a combination of blunt trauma, burns, pneumonia and too much medication.
The Standard-Examiner of Ogden reports Dr. Edward Leis testified Friday in the final day of preliminary hearings. Leis says the burns appear to be from being put in scalding water.
A state judge is expected to decide Friday if there is sufficient evidence to send the 34-year-old Nathanael Sloop to trial.
Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against Sloop. They say he and his wife, the boy's birth mother, malnourished and abused the boy, then took a hammer to his face to make him unrecognizable before burying his body in the mountains.
Information from: Standard-Examiner, http://www.standard.net