‘Cult Mom’ Lori Vallow Found Fit to Stand Trial in Murder of Her 2 Children, JJ and Tylee

On Monday, an Idaho court found Lori Vallow-Daybell fit to stand trial in connection with the slayings of her two children.

Seventh District Judge Steven Boyce ordered Vallow-Daybell’s release from the Department of Health and Welfare, where she has been undergoing treatment since last summer. Boyce also wrote that she will be transferred to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and remanded to Fremont County police’s custody prior to her arraignment on April 19, EastIdahoNews.com reported.

Vallow-Daybell, and her husband, Chad Daybell, are charged with conspiracy to commit murder and first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of Vallow Daybell’s son and daughter, Joshua Vallow, 7,  and Tylee Ryan, 16, and Daybell’s first wife, Tammy Daybell.

The two children vanished in September 2019, and their remains were reportedly found on Chad Daybell’s property in June 2020.

READ: Ongoing coverage on the Lori Vallow case

Vallow-Daybell Vallow — who is believed to have been involved in a so-called doomsday cult  — allegedly told a friend that her children had become zombies and the only way to exorcise their bodies of evil spirits was to kill them.

Vallow=Daybell was found incompetent to stand trial in June 2021, leading to her case being put on hold as her competency was restored. NBC reported that there is no insanity defense in Idaho, though state law requires a defendant to understand the charges against them.

Vallow-Daybell and Chad Daybell’s joint trial is scheduled to begin in January 2023. During the April 19 hearing, prosecutors are expected to argue that holding the trial in Fremont County is cheaper than moving the trial to Ada County.

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[Featured image: Lori Vallow-Daybell/ Hawaii Department of Public Safety]