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The doomsday prepper mom of two missing Idaho children once said she is a reincarnated God chosen to aid in Christ’s second coming, according to court documents filed by her late husband.
The documents, filed on behalf of Charles Vallow before his death this summer and obtained by local station KSTU, provide new details in the life of Lori Vallow Daybell, the mother of missing children Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17.
The children have not been seen since September and investigators believe their lives are “in danger”; Vallow Daybell and her new husband Chad Daybell have not cooperated with the investigation, according to a release from the Rexburg Police Department.
“We know that the children are not with Lori and Chad Daybell and we also have information indicating that Lori knows either the location of the children or what has happened to them,” police said. “Despite having this knowledge, she has refused to work with law enforcement to help us resolve this matter. It is astonishing that rather than work with law enforcement to help us locate her own children, Lori Vallow has chosen instead to leave the state with her new husband.”
As investigators continue to search for the missing children, the court documents reveal new details about Vallow Daybell’s beliefs and threats she allegedly made against family members in the past.
Through his attorney, Charles Vallow filed court documents in February 2019 after becoming concerned about his children’s wellbeing and Vallow Daybell’s new religious beliefs.
“Mother [Lori Vallow] has recently become infatuated at times obsessive about near death experiences and spiritual visions,” the court documents atate. “Mother has told father [Charles Vallow] that she is sealed [eternally married] to the ancient Book of Mormon prophet Moroni and that she has lived numerous lives on numerous planets prior to this current life.”
Vallow Daybell also allegedly believed she was the “natural grandmother” to Mormon founder Joseph Smith Jr. in a past life and believed she “cannot taste death” because she was sent by God to lead 144,000 into the Millennium.
“On January 29, 2019, during a phone conversation between the parties and after their physical separation, Mother informed Father that she was a God assigned to carry out the work of the 144,000 at Christ’s second coming in July 2020 and that if Father got in her way of her mission she would murder him,” the court documents state.
While on a business trip, Charles Vallow also reported that his wife called him and told him that she “would kill him upon his return home and had an angel there to help her dispose of the body.”
Charles Vallow was shot to death by Vallow Daybell's brother, Alex Cox, on July 11. Cox, who himself died in December, told authorities he killed Vallow in self-defense. Investigators have said the case remains open.
Charles Vallow’s sister Kay Woodcock told local station KPVI that her brother had been increasingly concerned about his wife’s religious views. She also believes Vallow Daybell had been having an affair with Daybell at the time.
“So it had been an ongoing affair and there had been things that my brother ran across that he knew that there was something going on and he shared that with me and I mean there was no doubt, but he seemed to be in just complete denial because he was in love with her and he wanted to make their marriage work,” she said.
Woodcock also said the marriage between her brother and Vallow Daybell had been Vallow Daybell’s fourth. Her daughter Tylee Ryan’s father died of a heart attack in 2018, according to The Rexburg Standard Journal.
“She’s a black widow,” Kay Woodcock told KSTU. “(Husband) three and (husband) four are dead. Five? He’s next. How he’s gonna go? I don’t know. But I wouldn’t sleep with my eyes closed.”
He new husband, Chad Daybell, also has a recently dead spouse. Although Tammy Daybell's Oct. 19 death was initially believed to be of natural causes, investigators now believe it's suspicious and have exhumed her body from the Springville Evergreen Cemetery to perform an autopsy, Fremont County Sheriff Len Humphries told the local paper.
Vallow Daybell and Daybell were married just weeks after Tammy's death.
Sean Bartholick, an attorney for the couple, released a statement to the media last month calling Vallow Daybell a devoted mother.
“Chad Daybell was a loving husband and has the support of his children in this matter. Lori (Vallow) 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,” he said.
Woodstock said she and her husband are just hoping the two missing children are discovered soon.
“We miss him. We love him and we wish Lori would come to her senses, if she has any left and just let us and the world know that ‘JJ’ and Tylee are okay,” she said, according to KPVI. “It’s reprehensible what she’s doing. There’s no just cause for this. She could end all of this, this part of the craziness by just a Facetime with the two kids, but she has chosen not to do that and so therefore she’s forced the law enforcement to proceed as they have.”
Anyone with information about the missing children is urged to contact authorities.
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