‘Cult Mom’ Lori Vallow Claims 2 Children Died at Brother’s Apartment in 2019

Motions filed in the past week stated that Lori Vallow Daybell is claiming she was in her home, possibly with her husband, when her two children died in her brother’s apartment in 2019.

According to East Idaho News, Vallow Daybell, 49, said she was with Melanie Gibb, David Warwick or Chad Daybell when her son and daughter, Joshua Vallow, 7,  and Tylee Ryan, 16, died in Alex Cox’s apartment in Rexburg, Idaho. Vallow-Daybell allegedly said she was at her residence, also in Rexburg.

The children’s remains were found on her husband’s property in June 2020, nine months after their disappearance.

In addition to the children’s slayings, Vallow Daybell and Daybell are also charged with killing Daybell’s first wife, Tammy Daybell. In the recently-filed motions, Vallow-Daybell claimed she was in Hawaii when Tammy was killed at her husband’s home in Salem. Vallow Daybell stated she was with two other people at the time, East Idaho News reported.

The news outlet also reported that Vallow Daybell has asked  District Judge Steven Boyce’s permission to be in contact with her husband before their joint trial. Her attorney, Jim Archibald, said the couple last spoke in July 2022 in an arranged call between them and their lawyers.

Vallow Daybell — 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 is also charged in Arizona with conspiracy to commit murder for the death of her first husband, Charles Vallow, who was fatally shot by Vallow Daybell’s brother in 2019.

East Idaho News reported that Vallow Daybell and her husband’s joint trial is expected to begin in Ada County on April 3. They face the death penalty if convicted.

Meanwhile, Daybell’s attorney has filed a motion seeking to have the trial pushed back to April 2024. His team is claiming they need more time to gather evidence and are still awaiting evidence from prosecutors, who have until February 23 to produce that information.

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