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FARMINGTON -- Months after the mother of Ethan Stacy asked for her short marriage to Nathan Sloop to be annulled, the decision to split has been abandoned.
Stephanie Sloop will remain married to Nathan after 2nd District Court Judge David M. Connors ruled the proposed annulment case would be made available for public scrutiny. Lawyers for both parties had argued for sealing the case, as it contained personal details about their marriage that they said could cause them harm.
Both are in jail on charges of capital murder in the beating of 4-year-old Ethan, who was found dead in May. The Sloops were married five days before police discovered Ethan's body buried in Ogden Canyon.
Stephanie petitioned for the annulment in June claiming she married Nathan under physical duress and not by her own choice.
A police report says at the time of the marriage, Ethan was locked in a bedroom in the Sloops' apartment because "they were afraid to take him out in public with the swelling and bruising to his face, and that someone would call police."
Story written with contributions from Wendy Leonard .