Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell Have Been Charged with the Murder of Vallow's Two Children

Jené Liebenberg
May 28, 2021
04:50 P.M.

The bodies of Lori Vallow's two children were discovered on Chad Daybell's property nearly a year ago. The couple has now been indicted for the children's murder.


The married couple Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell are facing charges for the murder of Vallow's two children. Daybell is facing an additional charge of murder related to the killing of his ex-wife.

Vallow's children, Joshua Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17, were reported missing by their family members in November 2019, and in June 2020, their remains were located on their stepfather's property.

A man standing with his hands handcuffed behind his back. | Pixabay/ 4130234

A man standing with his hands handcuffed behind his back. | Pixabay/ 4130234


Vallow's two children were last seen on different days in September 2019, and extended family members only reported them missing two months later. Authorities confirmed that the mother refused to cooperate in the missing persons case.


On Tuesday, an Idaho grand jury indicted Vallow and Daybell on two murder charges, but the two also face a long list of other charges, including conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and grand theft. Madison County Prosecutor Rob Wood said:

"Fremont Prosecutor Lindsey Blake and I believe all three homicides and the related financial crimes were committed as part of a continuing criminal scheme."



On top of the two counts of murder for the killing of the two children, Vallow and Daybell may face the consequences for the murder of Daybell's former wife, Tamara Daybell, who died October 19, 2019.

The prosecutors have to let the defendants know whether they are pursuing the death penalty within 60 days.

Daybell received $430,000 in the wake of Tamara's death after her life insurance was paid out, and he refused to have an autopsy done. Her remains have since been exhumed, and the case has been ruled a homicide.



People close to Vallow have since spoken out, sharing that her relationship with Daybell introduced a drastic shift in her actions and personality. Her former sister-in-law, Annie Cushing, said:

"I thought Lori was great, very loving. But there was a tectonic shift in her, and she went over the edge."

Daybell is a doomsday writer and self-proclaimed prophet, and his entrance into Vallow's life brought an unexplainable amount of deaths which started with Vallow's third husband, Joseph Ryan, in 2018.



Vallow's fourth husband, Charles Woodstock, was the second death in her life. He was shot by Vallow's brother, Alex Cox, who was never charged because he claimed he killed the man out of self-defense.

Daybell's wife Tamara was the next to die, with reports stating she passed away in her sleep. Shortly after his fatal altercation with Woodstock, Cox died, and this fourth death was followed by Vallow's two children being reported as missing.


Daybell and Vallow face a slew of charges. The most severe penalty is a life sentence or the death penalty. The prosecutors have to let the defendants know whether they are pursuing the death penalty within 60 days of the initial plea entry.

The married couple will make their first court appearance on Wednesday, with the rest of the court proceedings to follow. There have been extreme delays in the case due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, which have hindered the investigation.

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