Lori Vallow Daybell found guilty on all counts of murdering her two children

The Netflix documentary series Sins of Our Mother profiled Lori Vallow Daybell, now 49, and her fifth husband, Chad Daybell. It’s hard to sum up that series and I honestly don’t remember all of it because the details were outrageous and awful. Lori cheated on her fourth husband, Charles Vallow, with Chad, having met him through a Mormon doomsday cult. Charles was shot dead by Lori’s brother, Alex Cox, in June 2019. Alex claimed self defense and this was blindly accepted by the police. Charles had a restraining order out against Lori and although cops initially bought Lori’s story (that was one of the most maddening scenes in the documentary) she was charged with conspiracy in commit first degree murder in 2021. Chad’s wife, Tammy, met a similar fate in October, 2019, dying of what was initially ruled natural causes but later determined to be asphyxiation. Lori and Chad were married in Hawaii on November 5, 2019.

The most disturbing details concerned Lori’s two minor children that were under her care, Tylee Ryan, 17, and Joshua JJ Vallow, seven. Family and friends talked about how they tried to contact Lori for months after Tylee and JJ went missing in September, 2019. Lori told them that Tylee and JJ were staying with a friend, which no one could verify. In June, 2020, the children’s bodies were found buried on Chad’s property. Lori and Chad were already in jail under separate charges related to the children’s disappearance. The good news is that an Idaho jury has found Lori guilty on all charges for her children’s deaths and for conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Chad’s first wife Tammy.

A jury has found Idaho mother Lori Vallow Daybell guilty on all counts of killing her two children and conspiring in the murder of her husband’s first wife.

Vallow Daybell, who pleaded not guilty, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of conspiracy in the 2019 deaths of her children 17-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow, as well as Tammy Daybell, the first wife of her husband Chad Daybell.

She is facing life in prison when sentenced.

A jury of seven men and five women began deliberating Thursday afternoon and reached a unanimous guilty verdict Friday afternoon.

Vallow Daybell showed no visible reaction as the verdict was read.

She will be transferred from Ada County to Fremont County for further proceedings and sentencing. Judge Steven Boyce said sentencing will occur in about three months.

As the jurors were excused, a cross-armed Vallow Daybell stood, briefly spoke to her attorney and quickly walked out of the courtroom as a bailiff escorted her.

Among Vallow Daybell’s charges were grand theft on suspicion of changing bank accounts to collect Social Security benefits on behalf of her children after their deaths, according to a May 2021 indictment. Prosecutors said Thursday she didn’t report her children missing to keep collecting the money, East Idaho News reported.

[From CNN]

Good. This woman and her husband deserve to spend the rest of their lives behind bars and it sounds like that’s happening for her. Chad Vallow is still awaiting trial. I feel for the families of the victims, particularly the grandparents and Lori’s oldest son, Colby, who spoke extensively in the documentary and testified against her at trial.

Charles Vallow, Colby Ryan and Lori Vallow

Photos credit Netflix and via Wiki, Crime Online

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  1. ThatsNotOkay says:

    It’s a story that boggles the mind. She thought she was a god, literally the second coming of Jesus. Religious zealots will be the downfall of humanity.

    • trillion says:

      Religious zealots ruin everything. In a category of horribleness, she’s the top of the heap.

      • Ciotog says:

        It’s really amazing that someone with no special talents or skills could just decide she was a god. Only in America.

      • Lurker 25 says:

        @ciotog, it’s *especially* the people with no discernable skills or talent who develop these grandiose fantasies. They NEED to be special, they know are ARE special, it’s other ppl who are small minded and/or too dumb to recognize their unspecific “specialness” etc.

    • Josephine says:

      Zealots have ruined people throughout time and she belonged to a religion that has a long history of flouting the law and covering up the misdeeds of their own. Modern day politics are full of people who blantantly disregard the law and hide behind religion.

  2. Nlopez says:

    May she and hubby reap what they sowed!!!!!

  3. Ceej says:

    Are they reopening the shooting of her 4th husband at all? I feel like her brother has massively escaped justice. I remember the press about this and months later googling because I was so hoping she’d just left her kids with someone and bailed on them. I’m glad she’s been found guilty and I hope it brings some closure to all the people who loved those kids.

    • Ciotog says:

      Didn’t her brother die too?

      • lunchcoma says:

        Yeah, her brother died of a blood clot in 2020.

        She’s been charged in the death of her fourth husband, though. It’s a separate case and still pending.

  4. Mary Pester says:

    As a mother I just cannot for the life of me understand this sickness

  5. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    This woman. I have no words for how incredibly messed up this entire situation is. She has no remorse, her mind was gone a long time ago. I remember hoping they’d find those two children, and shocked when events unfolded. These people with their God coming and having to suppress evil by killing….WTF? Who flips like this?

  6. Honey says:


  7. Whyforthelovel says:

    Hearing about they way they killed her son. Taping a 7 year old’s mouth and watching him struggle to breathe. There is no sentence sever enough. I can’t even think about them dismembering her daughter what kind of monster can do this to their own kids. She easily could have dumped them on relatives and gone on her way

    • The Recluse says:

      Dateline this past Friday went into these terrible details. What they did to those children was monstrous. As it turns out, handing over custody of the children just wasn’t in their thinking because Lori was claiming their social security benefits after she ‘disappeared’ them. She was severely disappointed that she didn’t receive Charles Vallow’s insurance after she and her brother murdered him; he had changed his will for his sister’s benefit instead. Horrible, selfish monsters.

  8. HeyKay says:


  9. Mallory says:

    Another religious zealot who said they were out to save the world & “protect kids”, but was actually abusing & killing their own…sad, but not surprised.

  10. Ana Maria says:

    I hope she is sentenced to death

  11. ChillinginDC says:

    What she did to her children was awful.

    And all signs point to her brother murdering her ex-husband.

    • Whyforthelovel says:

      And she helped with offing her husband’s previous wife. They are family serial killers

  12. Izzyi says:

    They can just put her in with the general population in prison.

    • It'sJustBlanche says:

      This is a good reason to not support the death penalty (which I don’t): She’s going to be hated in prison.

    • The Recluse says:

      When the prison population finds out what she did to little JJ, they’re going to make her life pure hell. Karma in its purest form.

  13. FeedMeChips says:

    Thank you for not including the horrific details about what these scumbags did to those poor children. I feel sick every time I hear about this case.

    • Whyforthelovel says:

      It has to be one of the most disturbing cases ever

      • Insaneinthemembrane says:

        You would be surprised how many cases there are like this. I studied psychology and love the series we have in Uk 🇬🇧 called DEADLY WOMEN…

        I am guessing it comes from the US
        Every episode focuses on a theme featuring 3 female killers …
        a large proportion include either girls who kill
        or mothers who murder their spouses or kids
        ( or anyone who gets in the way of their new relationship )….

        I feel sorry for the wives who snap and kill abusive partners
        but no sympathy for the likes of this lady and her brother ….

        Born bad I would imagine ….

  14. j.ferber says:

    I hate this story so much. Just boggles the mind.

  15. MsGnomer says:

    Monster Lori was never happy with the homemade cards she received on Mother’s Day.