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The older brother of a pair of missing siblings has proclaimed that he is “done” with their mother who – in addition to allegedly refusing to help the police in their investigation – has also missed a court-ordered deadline to hand over the children to the authorities.
Rexburg, Idaho siblings Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17, have been missing since September and their mother, 46-year-old Lori Vallow Daybell, has refused to help with the investigation, police have said. Early on in the investigation, the woman and her husband Chad Daybell abruptly left their home in Idaho, only to be tracked down in Kauai, Hawaii earlier this month. This was all while the two children were still unaccounted for and prompted authorities to order the children’s mother to produce them in five days time.
That deadline has come and gone, and seems to have eroded what little faith Lori Vallow Daybell’s family may have had left in her. Speaking to Fox10 Phoenix this week, the siblings’ older brother Colby Ryan said that he is “done” with his mother.
“I'm done. I've been done the day that I saw them without the kids walking around Hawaii,” Ryan told the station. “That was it.”
Lori’s mother expressed a similar sentiment during a press conference on Thursday, the day that Lori was supposed to turn over the children but failed to appear, the Rexburg Standard Journal reports.
“Lori hasn’t come to Rexburg, the kids haven’t been delivered. It’s 5 o’clock and it’s the deadline for the court order,” the children’s grandmother, Kay Woodcock, said. She also described Lori as a “monster,” according to the paper.
Police have previously said that they believe that Joshua and Tylee are “in danger,” and that their mother either knows where the children are or what happened to them.
Still, Colby Ryan told Fox10 Phoenix that he found it hard to believe that his mother would hurt his siblings.
“I feel like my mom would die for the kids, so to see this and hear it, and also be questioning why they're not being found, that's where this all comes into a battle into what you think and what you feel,” he said.
Both Lori Vallow Daybell and her husband Chad Daybell, an author who writes about doomsday scenarios, have spouses who perished; Chad’s former wife Tammy Daybell died of natural causes in October, weeks before he married Lori, but the police are reexamining her death, according to NBC News.
Additionally, Lori’s former husband Charles Vallow was shot during an altercation with Lori’s brother, Alex Cox, in July. No charges were filed, and Cox also died before the year ended, the outlet reports.
Regarding the death of Charles Vallow, Colby Ryan told Fox10 Phoenix that, when he spoke to his mother on the phone that day, she initially told him that Charles had died of a heart attack. Ryan did not find out the truth — that things were “a million times worse” — until he went to see his mother in person later that day, he shared.
“No matter what happened, why was he shot in the chest, why was he killed? That just doesn't make sense, why did he have to die for a fight?” he told the station.
Before Charles Vallow’s death, he said in court documents that Lori had begun believing that she was “a God assigned to carry out the work of the 144,000 at Christ’s second coming in July 2020,” Salt Lake City’s Fox 13 reports.
While police have labeled Lori Vallow Daybell and Chad Daybell as persons of interest in the case of the missing children, their attorney Sean Bartholick has defended them. He argued in a statement obtained by the East Idaho News in December that his clients are loving parents.
“Chad Daybell was a loving husband and has the support of his children in this matter,” that statement reads. “Lori Daybell is a devoted mother and resents assertions to the contrary. We look forward to addressing the allegations once they have moved beyond speculation and rumor.”
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