New information in the Lori Vallow child murder case suggests Vallow may have already moved to a psychiatric facility, where she will be evaluated to determine if she is competent to stand trial.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Judge Steven Boyce ordered Vallow committed to a state mental health facility after a psychological evaluation found that Vallow, who is accused of murdering her two children, was not competent to stand trial.
“The court finds that the Defendant does lack (the) capacity to make informed decisions about treatment,” Boyce wrote in the court order obtained by East Idaho News, adding that the court also found that Vallow “is not dangerously mentally ill.”
Both Vallow and her husband Chad Daybell are charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of her children, 16-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old JJ Vallow. Both children’s remains were found buried on Daybell’s Salem, Idaho, property in June 2020.
Daybell is also charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Tammy Daybell, who died in October 2019; two weeks before Daybell and Vallow married. Vallow is charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in Tammy Daybell’s death.
East Idaho News reporter Eric Grossarth said in a Twitter post Thursday that he had received an electronic court record update showing that Vallow was in “supervised custody” at “another facility.”
There is no confirmation that Vallow is at a state mental health facility, but there is also no indication she would be in supervised custody elsewhere.
Per judge’s order Lori Vallow has 90 days to be treated in the custody of Idaho Department of Health & Welfare. https://t.co/hvWP6SVWA9
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Vallow is expected to receive treatment for 90 days, at which point she will be re-evaluated to determine if trial proceedings can resume.
[Feature image: Lori Vallow/Dennis FujimotoThe Garden Island via AP, Pool]