Vallow-Daybell to continue receiving restorative care

Seventh District Judge Steve Boyce held a hearing to determine Lori Vallow-Daybell needs to receive continued restorative care at a mental health facility. Her case was stayed for another 180 days.

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Lori Vallow-Daybell will continue to receive restorative care following a hearing held Wednesday in Fremont County.

Seventh District Judge Steven Boyce reported that he had received and reviewed information from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare concerning Vallow-Daybell's condition.

Boyce noted Vallow-Daybell’s attorneys Mark Means and Jim Archibald had also received the status report on their client’s competency.

“The court has considered the progress report in this case. At this status conference, (it’s) just a determination to indicate whether or not a commitment order would be continued,” Boyce said.

Boyce stated that the health and welfare progress report indicated that Vallow-Daybell needed continued restorative care.

“From the information from the department of health and welfare, Miss Vallow is still not competent to proceed with the proceedings in this case. This case will be stayed for an additional 180 days.”

Should another report be made during that time, indicating that Vallow-Daybell had been restored to competency, another hearing will be held, Boyce said. For now she will continue to receive care.

In addition to Vallow-Daybell's attorneys, prosecutors Rob Wood, Lindsey Blake and Rachel Smith attended the Zoom hearing.  

Vallow-Daybell is accused of murdering her two children J.J. Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17. The children were last seen in September 2019. They were reported missing around Thanksgiving that year.

Vallow-Daybell married Chad Daybell November 5, 2019, two weeks after his first wife Tammy Daybell died. Vallow-Daybell was arrested in Hawaii in February 2020 and returned to Madison County to face charges. Tylee and J.J.’s bodies were found in Chad Daybell’s Salem backyard on June 9, 2020. He was arrested shortly thereafter and is being held in the Fremont County Jail. Chad Daybell's children claim their father was framed. 

In May, prosecutors charged Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow-Daybell in the murders of Tylee and J.J. Chad was also charged in the murder of Tammy Daybell. He’s also facing insurance fraud charges after receiving $430,000 in life insurance payouts following Tammy Daybell’s death. Chad Daybell has pleaded not guilty. Vallow-Daybell has not entered any pleas. Vallow-Daybell will remain in a mental health facility until deemed fit for trail.