Vallow-Daybell charged with new felonies, Tuesday afternoon hearing scheduled

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Lori Vallow-Daybell is being charged with two felonies involving the disappearance of her deceased children, Tylee Ryan, 16, and J.J. Vallow, 7. The charges were brought by Madison County Prosecutor Rob Wood, who has been assigned as special prosecutor for Fremont County. 

Vallow-Daybell is scheduled for her first court hearing on the new charges at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. The hearing is being held remotely and may be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcuTARxsGcFI10CW63m6wGg/videos.

Law enforcement located Tylee and J.J.’s remains buried on Salem property belonging to Lori’s fifth husband Chad Daybell earlier this month. The children had not been seen since September.

In the complaint, the state charges Vallow-Daybell with Conspiracy to Commit Destruction, Alteration or Concealment of Evidence. It states that the Daybells and another unnamed person on Sept. 22, 2019 and June 9, 2020 conspired to hide J.J.’s remains.

The complaint also states that Chad attempted to disguise his relationship with his new wife when questioned by Rexburg Police on Nov. 26, 2019. Chad and Lori were married Nov. 5 in Hawaii It also states that Chad and Lori contacted Arizona family friend Melanie Gibb asking her to claim that J.J. was with her. Gibb refused to lie to police.

The court report states that between January 30 and June 9, 2020, Lori ignored a court order to produce J.J. to the police and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare in Madison County.

 In Count 2 of the complaint, Lori is charged with Conspiracy to Commit Destruction, Alteration or Concealment of Evidence. In the charge, the state says the Daybells and an unnamed person tried to hide Tylee’s remains.

The complaint also states that on Sept. 9, 2019, Chad texted an unnamed person to help disguise or conceal Tylee’s remains on his property. The following month, court records report Lori telling police Tylee was attending Brigham Young University-Idaho.

As more information on Lori’s Tuesday hearing is made known, the Standard Journal will update this story.