‘Doomsday Mum’ Walks Out of Court After Hearing Children’s Bodies Found | US News
A woman accused of murdering two of her children walked out of court after jurors were told grim details of how their bodies were found buried in a pet cemetery.
Lori Vallow Daybell – also dubbed the “Doomsday Mum” – is accused along with her partner Chad Daybell of killing Tylee Ryan, 16, Joshua “JJ” Vallow, seven, and Daybell’s former wife Tammy Daybell.
She is said to have become involved with a cult led by Mormon prepper Daybell, a podcaster and novelist who wrote about the second coming of Jesus Christ, demons, and the apocalypse.
After the family moved to live with him in Idaho, they decided the children were “zombies” taken over by evil spirits and had them murdered, prosecutors claim.
Vallow Daybell’s trial in Boise, Idaho, was temporarily halted as she exited the courtroom after jurors heard gruesome details about how the children were found buried among several animals in Daybell’s yard.
Rexburg Police Detective Ray Hermosillo recalled the grisly discovery in June 2020, nine months after they were last seen.
The court saw crime scene photos of the children’s remains as they were carefully removed from Daybell’s property.
One showed JJ, still wearing red pajamas, with his mouth covered in duct tape and his arms and legs bound.
In another, jurors were able to see Tylee’s charred remains in a green bucket that had melted as the fire began to destroy her body.
Mr Hermosillo said the smell was so unbearable that coroners could only work for a few minutes at a time.
He told the court, “The smell was so bad we had to take turns digging.”
During the hearing of evidence, JJ’s grandfather, Larry Woodcock, sobbed from his seat in the courtroom gallery.
He and his wife Kay Woodcock were close to their grandson and became concerned in 2019 after the boy became increasingly difficult to reach by phone.
Kay Woodcock asked police to do a social check on JJ in November and it was at that point that authorities discovered that both children were missing.
The court suspended lunch after Mr Hermosillo’s evidence was completed, but shortly after the retrial, Vallow Daybell was shaken, prompting her attorneys to request another break.
Lauren Steinbrecher, journalist at KSLTV5She reported that her eyes looked watery and red. Nate Eaton, news director at News from East Idahonoted that Vallow Daybell seemed “excited and sad.”
At one point, Vallow Daybell’s defense attorneys asked the judge if she could be excused from the rest of the day’s testimony, saying the vivid evidence to be shown would be detrimental to her already strained mental health.
Judge Steven Boyce has twice ordered Vallow Daybell to undergo mental health treatment after finding her unfit to assist in her own defense at various outlets since her arrest.
Despite this, he denied the request, saying her presence in the courtroom was necessary to ensure a fair trial for all involved.
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