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‘Cult Mom’ Trial: Chad Daybell Wired Money to Bio Kids as Cops Dug His Property for J.J. & Tylee Remains

An FBI forensic accountant testified in court Wednesday that Chad Daybell wired three of his biological children $8,000 as Idaho police dug for J.J. Vallow and Tylee Ryan’s remains on his property in 2020.

Mike Douglass claimed Chad Daybell made the money transfer hours after Rexburg police knocked on his door in Salem and presented him with a search warrant for his property. Douglass said Daybell sent his three oldest children a total of $24,000 within a 10-minute span, according to the Idaho Statesman.

Police were searching for Vallow and Ryan, who were the missing children of Daybell’s wife, Lori Vallow Daybell. Their remains were found on his property the same day cops executed the search warrant.

Vallow Daybell is currently on trial for her two children’s slayings and the murder of Tammy Daybell, who is Chad Daybell’s first wife. All three were killed in 2019. Chad is facing the same charges, but he is standing trial separately.

J.J. and Tylee were missing for nine months before they were found buried on Chad’s property in June 2020. Prosecutors said Tylee was dismembered and burned; her remains were located near a burn pit, while J.J. was in a plastic bag wrapped in plastic. His face, arms, wrists, and feet were wrapped with duct tape.

Vallow Daybell said she was with Melanie Gibb, David Warwick, or her husband when her son and daughter died in her brother’s apartment in Rexburg, Idaho. Vallow Daybell allegedly said she was at her residence, also in Rexburg.

Vallow Daybell claimed she was in Hawaii when Tammy Daybell was killed at her husband’s home in Salem, Idaho. Vallow Daybell stated she was with two other people at the time.

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.

In addition to the three slayings, Vallow Daybell is charged in Arizona with conspiring the shooting death of her fourth husband, Charles Vallow. Vallow was fatally shot by Vallow Daybell’s brother, Alex Cox, in 2019, months before J.J. and Tylee vanished. Cox died, reportedly of natural causes, later that year.

Vallow Daybell underwent psychiatric treatment twice before she was deemed fit to stand trial in Idaho. She is not facing the death penalty. Cameras are not allowed in the courtroom per a court order.

The trial continues.

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[Featured image: Chad Daybell/John Roark/The Idaho Post-Register via AP, Pool, File]