Lori Vallow to appear in court over her kids’ murders

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“Doomsday” mom Lori Vallow is set to be arraigned in an Idaho court Tuesday on charges she murdered her two children.

The 48-year-old will appear in Fremont County Court at 3 p.m. local time after a judge ruled last week that she was now mentally fit to stand trial over the 2019 slaying of her two kids — Tylee Ryan, 17, and 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow.

The mom, who spent the past 11 months in an Idaho psychiatric facility, faces numerous charges tied to the complex case that involves allegations of bizarre beliefs in doomsday predictions and zombies.

Vallow and her husband, Chad Daybell, 52, are both charged with conspiracy to commit murder and first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of the two kids, who were buried in a makeshift pet cemetery.

The couple, who are both members of the doomsday cult Preparing a People, allegedly started espousing apocalyptic beliefs back in 2018 when they were still married to other people.

Authorities started investigating when Daybell’s first wife, Tammy Daybell, died under mysterious circumstances in October 2019 — just days before he and Vallow got married.

The following month, cops started looking for Vallow’s kids after relatives raised concerns about their wellbeing. The couple never reported the children missing and allegedly wouldn’t cooperate with authorities.

Lori Vallow is back in custody at the Madison County Detention Center prior to her arraignment on April 19, 2022.
Lori Vallow is set to be arraigned in Fremont County Court today.
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Chad Daybell is charged with conspiracy to commit murder and first-degree murder.
Chad Daybell is charged with conspiracy to commit murder and first-degree murder.
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Investigators search for human remains at Chad Daybell's residence on June 9, 2020.
Investigators search for human remains at Chad Daybell’s residence on June 9, 2020.
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Vallow and Daybell then fled the rural Idaho town where they’d been living and were found months later in Hawaii without the children, authorities said.

The charred and decomposing bodies of JJ and Tylee were found in 2020 buried at the edge of Daybell’s backyard in Idaho. Authorities haven’t ever disclosed the children’s causes of death. 

Vallow had allegedly told a friend that her children were infected with evil spirits. The couple also allegedly believed that people could become “zombies” if they were possessed by evil spirits.

Cops started looking for Vallow's kids after relatives raised concerns about their wellbeing.
Cops started looking for Vallow’s kids after relatives raised concerns about their wellbeing.
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Lori Vallow had allegedly told a friend that her children were infected with evil spirits and would become zombies.
Lori Vallow had allegedly told a friend that her children were infected with evil spirits and would become zombies.
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Lori Vallow will appear in Fremont County Court after a judge ruled last week that she was now mentally fit to stand trial over the 2019 slaying.
Lori Vallow will appear in court after a judge ruled last week that she was now mentally fit to stand trial over the 2019 slaying.
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The pair, who have already pleaded not guilty to the charges, are set to stand trial together early next year.

Vallow is charged separately in Arizona with conspiring to murder one of her former husbands, Charles Vallow, who was fatally shot by her brother in July 2019.

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