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Lori Vallow to be interned in mental health facility, judge orders

Lori Vallow, who is accused of murder in the deaths of her two children, was sentenced Tuesday by a judge to be interned in a mental health facility.

In May, Vallow was declared mentally unfit to stand trial for separate cover-up of the charges against her.

A hearing allowing the state to challenge the findings was scheduled for June 16, but prosecutors filed a withdrawal of challenge on Friday, according to an undertaking order.

Vallow will be placed in the custody of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare “for care and treatment at an appropriate facility” for up to 90 days, according to the order.

His mental state will be assessed at the start of treatment and periodically throughout, according to the prescription. Progress reports will indicate whether she is fit to continue the case.

Vallow was assessed for his jurisdiction in March, according to an order from an Idaho judge last month to stay the case. A psychologist performed the assessment, which “determined that at present the defendant is not competent to proceed and recommends remedial treatment,” Judge Steven Boyce wrote in the order.

The ruling could influence the murder case against her.

Vallow and her husband, Chad Daybell, were charged last month with charges of first degree murder and other counts in the deaths of her children. Joshua “JJ” Vallow and Tylee Ryan were 7 and 16, respectively, when they were last seen in September 2019.

Several people close to Vallow raised red flags over his bizarre doomsday beliefs and his mental state.

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