In court on Friday, ABC4 witnessed the quiet sobs of Stephanie as tears rolled down her face. Stephanie wept as a judge read her the charges we saw emotion in the mother for the first time. Nathan Sloop was quiet, said yes sir to the judge several times and mouthed to his mother, "I love you."
The Sloops the public learned will be eligible for the death penalty, a punishment the District Attorney revealed he is leaning towards. But the death penalty wouldn't be on the table if it wasn't for Shelby's law. The legislation was enacted after the tragic death of 10-year-old Shelby Andrews nearly four years ago. Andrews was killed after the severe abuse at the hands of her father and step-mother.
"She was born to do great things, we just didn't know it would take her death to bring that about," Shelby's mother: Kimberly Hale told ABC4. And the mother continued, "It's horrific what happened (to Ethan) and we're just glad we got Shelby's Law passed so this will bring about the severest penalty."
The Sloops will both be back before a judge next Friday, June 4th where they are expected to receive new counsel.