(NewsReady.com) – In September 2019, both Lori Vallow Daybell’s children went missing. In June of the next year, police found the remains of 16-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow on the mother’s new husband’s property. Prosecutors charged Vallow Daybell with her children’s murder in 2021; now, she has learned her fate.
On May 12, an Idaho jury found Vallow Daybell guilty of killing her two children and conspiring to kill her husband’s former wife. According to prosecutors, she killed her children because of her “doomsday” religious beliefs. They said she thought the kids were “zombies” possessed by evil spirits.
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The convicted murderer met her husband, Chad Daybell, in 2018. When they met, the two were married to other people and began doing podcasts together. Soon after, Lori started to refer to her husband at the time, Charles Vallow, as a “demon.” Vallow filed for a divorce in 2019 and claimed his wife had threatened to kill him.
In July 2019, Lori’s brother, Alex Cox, killed Charles Vallow. He claimed he had to shoot his sister’s ex to protect her. In September, Lori Vallow moved close to Chad Daybell, who lived in Idaho. That same month, both kids vanished a couple of weeks apart. The morning the 16-year-old went missing, Cox’s phone showed he was on Daybell’s property for two hours. The day after the 7-year-old was last seen, Cox’s cell phone again put him in Daybell’s yard.
Chad’s wife, Tammy Daybell, died in October, but authorities ruled it was from natural causes. Two weeks later, Lori became Daybell’s wife in a ceremony in Hawaii — while her kids were still missing. A couple of weeks after the wedding, police began searching for the children. In December, authorities exhumed Tammy Daybell’s body and conducted an autopsy. That same month, Cox suddenly died.
In February 2020, Lori Vallow Daybell was arrested in Hawaii after refusing to produce her kids. Authorities extradited her to Idaho. In June, officers found JJ and Tylee’s bodies on Chad’s property, where Cox’s cell had pinged and arrested Chad. He has also been charged with the murders of the children and his former wife, Tammy.
In addition to the jury finding Lori Vallow Daybell guilty of her kids’ murders, she was found guilty of conspiracy to kill Tammy Daybell. A sentencing date has not been set. Chad Daybell is still awaiting trial, and he has pleaded not guilty.
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