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Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell face new charges in connection to children's deaths

Posted at 3:40 PM, Jul 01, 2020

An Idaho couple is now facing more charges in connection with the disappearance and deaths of two children.

Chad Daybell now faces four felony charges for evidence destruction or concealment. Lori Vallow Daybell is facing two counts of conspiracy to commit destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence, according to the iCourt Portal, in addition to other charges.

The new charges come after Rexburg police served a search warrant at Chad Daybell’s Salem, Idaho home on Monday. Officers went into the house, exterior buildings, and were seen in the backyard with cameras. They left with brown evidence bags but it is not known if the search is tied to the new charges of conspiracy.

Read the court documents here.

Vallow Daybell has been in the Madison County Jail since March on two counts of felony desertion and nonsupport of children along with three misdemeanors. She’s been in the Madison County Jail on $1 million bail.

Idaho officials discovered the remains of 7-year-old JJ Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan. buried in Daybell's backyard on June 9. The two are Vallow Daybell's children.

JJ and Tylee were reported missing in late 2019. Their remains were found in Rexburg, Idaho, in June on property owned by Daybell, their stepfather. The children's mother, Lori Daybell (née Vallow), was arrested in connection with their disappearance earlier this year.

According to the probable cause affidavit for Daybell's arrest, the remains of one child was found wrapped in plastic and sealed with duct tape. The other was burned and buried next to a pet cemetery on the property.

The documents also state that in the days before JJ's and Tylee's disappearance, Lori Daybell referred to her children as "zombies" in a conversation with a friend.

Lori Daybell said part of her and her husband's religious beliefs was a mission to "rid the world of zombies."

The document states that a "zombie refers to an individual whose mortal spirit has left their body and that their body is now the host of another spirit."

Vallow Daybell has a hearing next week, Daybell has a preliminary hearing later this summer.

This story originally reported by Katie Kloppenburg on