‘Cult mom’ arrested in Hawaii could be sentenced to death for child deaths

HONOLULU (KHON) — On Monday, Idaho prosecutors filed a notice of intent seeking the death penalty against Lori Vallow Daybell, accused of killing two of her children, if convicted.

She and her husband, Chad Daybell, are both charged with murder, conspiracy and grand larceny in connection with the 2019 deaths of 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan.

The children disappeared for months in 2019, but their bodies were eventually found buried in the yard outside Chad’s Idaho home. In 2020, the Daybells were arrested in Kauai.

In Monday’s notice, prosecutors said Lori would face the death penalty if convicted because the murders were exceptionally depraved and carried out for profit.

The complex and bizarre affair began in 2018 when Lori Vallow Daybell and Chad Daybell met and began embracing their apocalyptic cult belief system of “zombies” and “vibes.” In May 2019, police said Vallow Daybell was looking online for gemstones similar to those that would later be found in their wedding rings.

On July 11, 2019, police said Vallow Daybell’s brother, Alex Cox, shot and killed her ex-husband, Charles Vallow, in suburban Phoenix. It was then that the police began their investigation. Cox claimed self-defense and was never charged. He later died of an apparent blood clot in his lung.

Shortly after Charles Vallow’s death, Lori Vallow Daybell and her two children moved in with Chad Daybell in Idaho.

The couple have also been charged with the death of Chad Daybell’s former wife, Tammy Daybell, who died unexpectedly at his home in Idaho in October 2019. Investigators were suspicious of the death after Chad Daybell married Lori two weeks later. late.

Chad Daybell also faces the death penalty if convicted. Both pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Lori Vallow Daybell is set to stand trial in Boise, Idaho in October 2022, Nexstar’s KTVX reports.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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