Idaho Mom Lori Vallow Accused of Killing Her 2 Children Committed to Mental Facility
Idaho mom Lori Vallow has been ordered by a judge to be admitted to a mental facility after being deemed unfit for trial. The Idaho mom was charged with the murder of her two children.
Lori Vallow was ordered to have a competency evaluation in March for separate concealment of evidence charges. She was ruled unfit for trial last month, according to an ABC News report.
Prosecutors had initially disputed the ruling, but special prosecutor Rob Wood withdrew his contest to the court's decision on Friday. In dropping the objection, it allowed Vallow to be committed to a mental facility.
The order of commitment stated that the court found Lori Vallow lacking in capacity to make informed decisions about treatment. In addition, the court also found the Idaho mom not to be dangerously mentally ill.
The order also said that Vallow would be committed to the custody of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare for care and treatment "at an appropriate facility" for no more than 90 days, NBC News reported.
Several people close to the defendant had raised their concerns about her doomsday beliefs and mental state.
The Idaho mom has not yet entered a plea for the charges filed against her. Meanwhile, her fifth husband Chad Daybell has pleaded not guilty to murdering her children and his previous wife, People reported.
Lori Vallow's Crimes
Lori Vallow was indicted by a grand jury last month with conspiracy and murder in relation to the deaths of her two children, Joshua "JJ" Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17.
Joshua and Tylee and disappeared in September 2019 but were never reported as missing by their mother. They were found dead last year in Idaho.
Chad Daybell, the children's stepfather, was also charged. Daybell was also charged in connection to the murder of his former wife, Tammy Daybell, USA Today reported.
Tammy reportedly died under "suspicious circumstances" in October 2019. Authorities grew suspicious when Daybell remarried just two weeks later. Daybell also declined to have an autopsy performed.
Authorities had the body of Tammy exhumed in December 2019. The autopsy's results have not been released. However, prosecutors said the manner of death should be classified as a homicide.
Vallow's friend, Melanie Gibb, cooperated with authorities and told them that the Idaho mom believed her children had turned into zombies.
Daybell and Vallow told Gibb that they were part of the "Church of the Firstborn" with a mission to lead the "144,000" mentioned in the Book of Revelation and rid the world of "zombies."
In 2018, Daybell and Vallow had begun supporting each other's apocalyptic system of religious belief. Vallow's husband was shot and killed by Daybell's brother, Alex Cox, and then claimed it was self-defense. Cox was never charged in connection with the death of Vallow's husband.
Vallow's husband was seeking a divorce at the time, saying that the Idaho mom believed she had become a god-like figure responsible for steering in the biblical end of times. Vallow and her children had moved to Idaho, where Daybell lived.
Both Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell face two counts of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, and grand theft by deception in the deaths of Vallow's children, Fox News reported.
Daybell was also charged with the first-degree murder of his former wife Tammy and two counts of insurance fraud related to the collection of benefits he received after her death.
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