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Ethan Stacy - Little Boy Lost

Updated on April 12, 2015

Little Ethan

Ethan and His Father

Mothers Day - May 9, 2010

This past Sunday marked the celebration of Mother's Day. A day usually set aside for children and spouses to pay homage to those great ladies that brought us into this world, and have our backs from crib into adulthood.

One little boy, Ethan Stacy, was laying in a shallow grave on a mountain in Utah. This angel was no longer with his mother or graced this sphere. Cold, alone and lifeless, after suffering unimaginable abuse and pain while his mother, his guardian, stood by and did nothing.

My husband and I were distracted with the basketball finals, and missed the news about a local missing four year old boy. Not until Tuesday, while having our morning coffee and dose of news did we hear the report of the missing child. The anchor person reported that the child reportedly got up in the middle of the night and walked out of their apartment. She went on to give the description of the little tyke in glasses and Spiderman pajamas. While leaving home my husband and I discussed the report, my last word on the subject was that something wasn't right, and we both agreed that four year olds don't like the dark.

Monday, May 10 . . Little Boy Found

Court orders forced Ethan's biological father, Joe, to send the boy to Utah from Virginia for summer visitation with his mother. A mother that the little boy refused to speak to over the phone prior to the visit. Ethan vocalized his reluctance to stay with his mother, but the court's instructions were clear and his father was left no choice.

By the time I arrived home from work late Tuesday, a breaking news report stated that young Ethan's body was found at a ski resort called Powder Mountain buried in a shallow grave. The mother and new stepfather were arrested the same day for murder, child abuse and desecration of a body.

And, when he shall die, Take him and cut him out in little stars, And he will make the face of Heaven so fine That all the world will be in love with night And pay no worship to the garish sun

William Shakespeare

The Events Unfold

According to affidavits and jail records Ethan Stacy, suffered severe head trauma due to "systematic and progressively more violent pattern of abuse toward the child".

On May 5, Ethan did something to tick off his mother's knuckle dragging boyfriend (mom married the Neanderthal on the 6th). He took the boy into one of the bedrooms and beat him unmercifully. Good old mom stated that she could her the child being hit through the closed door.

From May 5 - 8, the child suffered severe head swelling (mom caught all this on her handy cell phone), vomiting, lethargic and non responsive behavior. All symptoms of brain swelling or severe head trauma. On May 6, the insidious couple skipped off to the county courthouse and got hitched, leaving the fatally injured child in his room, unable to eat, taking off the inside doorknob locking him in.

The day after the gruesome twosome tied the knot moms went shopping, where she received a call from the new hubby telling her that Ethan had burned himself in a hot tub of water. Upon her return home the mother stated that her child was badly burned on his feet, legs and buttocks, it was then that Ms. Clueless apparently got a clue that new hubby was a psychopath.

The newly wed mom stated in her affidavit to police that she also noticed that the child had feces in his mouth. After discovering this she immediately brushed his teeth, until his gums bled, in an effort to remove the waste. On Sunday, Mother's Day the two found the child dead in his room. Afterward the two geniuses came up with the idea to bury the body in the mountains in order to cover up their evil deed.

Ethan's lifeless body was put into plastic bags, taped, thrown into the car and driven to Powder Mountain. In an effort to disfigure the body Nathan Sloop (step-dad from hell) brought along a hammer doing away with the child's teeth and face. As if that wasn't enough this troll sprayed the body with lighter fluid (mommy dearest's contribution) and set his body ablaze.

This is only a partial description of what was done to this beautiful little angel. Local news venues refuse to speak or print of the other atrocities that were performed because of the goriness.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

From a Headstone in Ireland

Ethan Stacy -September 22, 2005 - May 09,2010

A Song for Ethan - R.I.P. Angel

Hope is grief's best music. Unknown Author



My Final Thoughts

Please do not take the personal comments made by me in this piece as being glib. It was difficult to write this story because of the subject matter. My comments about the parents are personal, because of the anger that weld up inside during my research. I can't phantom, what this poor little boy went through at the hand of a person he thought he could trust.

Both perpetrators are animals, and only the most severe punishment will convey some small justice to the gross injustice done to this innocent. I love this child, not because he was a neighbor, kin, I didn't even know him, but loved him because he belonged to the family of mankind.

If nothing else this horrifying incident is proof positive that evil exists. I believe there is a God, therefore there must be a special place in hell for those that harm the innocent... there has to be


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    • pmccray profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Utah

      My heartfelt thanks to all those who read and left comments on this piece.

      Hopefully, justice will prevail and the surviving relatives, friends and acquaintances of this beautiful little boy will realize a small measure of comfort and closure in their time of grief.

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      8 years ago from Columbia, SC

      Unfortunately, not all people who have children accept them as the blessings that they are. They are totally dependent on others for everything and to abuse the privilege of being a real parent or caregiver is one of the worst sins imaginable. Thanks for making us aware of this terrible situation, it brings us back to reality.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Horrible story. Very sad and unsettling. Thumbs up!

    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Crazy! Thank you for the report!

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, I don't really know how to say what I feel about this, it is so appalling, and sad. I am sick to my back teeth on how the so called justice system always gets it wrong. In England it has happened so many times, the main story was about a boy called baby P. We were so disgusted with this that they 'changed the system'. So what happened? it started again with someone else. We never learn, and the people who should protect our children and who are paid and trained to see these sort of things, let us down time after time. I am so sorry to hear about this. Nell

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      Mike Lickteig 

      8 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Stories like this are unimaginable to me. I cannot comprehend how any human being can exhibit such cruelty to another human being--partticularly one too young to defend themselves. It is painfully sad and shocking, and I can't put into words the emotions it brings to the sruface for me.

      As unsettling as this is, it is something we all need to hear about.


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      Chibuzo Melvin Mobis 

      8 years ago from Biafra

      I am simply short of words but like you said "God knows why"...

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      8 years ago

      I had the honor of Ethan calling me Mema and I adored that little boy (as well as his sister and brother). I have known Ethat since he was born, which means I knew Stephanie. What can I say about her she was all about Stephanie, self centered, selfish, had to be the center of attention and if she wasn't she made a scene that she became the center of attention, mean, miserable. Never wanted Ethan, BUT wanted to be able to say she was a "Mother", not Mommy though, big difference. I never in this world thought she would hurt this baby, when she left him in September I thought well go she is gone from them and they are better off without her. But like a bad penny she showed up again with vengeance. Now she is the center of attention for all the wrong reasons, and we who knew and loved Ethan are left with a whole in our hearts.

    • pmccray profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Utah

      JannyC: I understand my dear. I had to stop at least twice and leave the room because of the emotional toll this piece took on me. I cried from beginning to end and I think as humans we should all cry. NO ONE should suffer this type of brutality.

      Peace to you and your son darling and give him a big hug from me just because.

    • pmccray profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Utah

      Bonnie: thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I am sorry for your loss of a friend and poor Ethan.

      I was driven to write this piece because of the senseless commission of this crime and it's brutality. We as a nation and part of the family of mankind must stop this violation of our children.

      The perpetrator is a coward and an animal to prey on those weaker than himself. Death is really to good and swift a punishment for him.

      My condolences to you and yours dear.

    • pmccray profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Utah

      Ethanmourner: sorry for the incorrect data it has been corrected. I was so wrapped in emotions while writing this piece that I had to stop several times because I began crying. I wish to convey my deepest condolences and again apologize for the incorrect data.

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      8 years ago from Utah

      blackreign2012: thank you for your read and valuable comment. You some up my sentiments exactly, our courts don't use motherwit or common sense when literally deciding on the life and death of the innocent. These children are caught in a tug of war between the parents and no one bothers to ask the child his or her wants.

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      8 years ago

      So tragic. This made me cry. This seems so typical nowadays it sad.

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      8 years ago

      I can't even read anything about Ethan anymore. I've known him since he was a little baby... and it's really difficult to be so close to this. I've known Stephanie for quite some time (since we were teenagers) and while I'm not surprised she did this... I'm surprised it happened to her son and she didn't do anything.

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      8 years ago

      The news reported him missing Tuesday morning. They didn't find him until late Tuesday afternoon. If you can fix that on your blog, Thanks.

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      8 years ago

      The system failed this little boy. Too often in Family Court judges think every allegation is sour grapes. Instead examining the case extensively; they only seek to get the dockett through. I wonder if this judge will be able to sleep knowing she provided the opportunity for this little boy to die? And to the ones who perperuated this horrifc act should be tourtured until death... anything else would be too humane for these sub-humans Great hub ~Hugs~


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