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Lori Vallow-Daybell with defense attorney Mark Means on Friday, March 6, 2020. In March 2021, Means requested a psychological evaluation for Vallow-Daybell. A court-appointed examiner determined that Vallow-Daybell was not competent to stand trial and recommended restorative treatment.

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Lori Vallow-Daybell will soon be heading to a state-run mental facility to receive psychiatric care.

Seventh District Judge Steven Boyce has halted all criminal proceedings against Vallow-Daybell. On Tuesday, Boyce filed a court order declaring Vallow-Daybell not competent to proceed and for her custody to be transferred to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare for care and treatment at an appropriate facility.

“Therefore, having considered the evaluation and there being no objection from the State,” Boyce’s order says. “The Court finds the Defendant lacks fitness to proceed in that the Defendant is incapable of assisting in the defense of this case.”

Boyce’s order also notes that Vallow-Daybell lacks capacity to make informed decisions about her treatment and that she is not “dangerously mentally ill.”

Vallow-Daybell will receive treatment at a mental facility for no more than 90 days, according to the order. If she is not determined to be competent by then, her court proceedings will pause for another 180 days and she would continue to be treated.

Prosecutor Rob Wood earlier objected to Vallow-Daybell’s competency evaluation, performed by a court-appointed examiner. On Friday, Wood filed a document to the court saying he was withdrawing his contest and did not object Vallow-Daybell receiving psychiatric treatment.

“Based upon said review, the State withdraws its contest to the 18-211 evaluation/report and does not object to the Court’s determination of competency on the basis of the evaluation/report,” Wood wrote. “The State further does not object to a medical physician’s evaluation and diagnosis of the Defendant with a corresponding treatment plan for the purpose of restoring the Defendant’s competence.”

Vallow-Daybell and her husband, Chad Daybell, are charged with conspiracy to commit murder and the murders involving her two children Tylee Ryan, 17, and J.J. Vallow, 7. The state is also charging Vallow-Daybell with grand theft for continuing to receive Social Security benefits for the children after they went missing in September 2019. Family members reported them missing the following November.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include information about Vallow-Daybell being committed to a mental health facility. It originally was published in the Standard Journal on June 8.