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The second person charged in the deaths of Tylee Ryan, JJ Vallow, and Tammy Daybell is now in court. Chad Daybell, husband of Cult Mom Lori Vallow, is facing the same charges as his wife and more.

Shortly after her husband Charles Vallow’s shooting death, Lori Vallow moves with her two children to Rexburg, Idaho. It’s not far from where Chad Daybell, Vallow’s lover and “husband from a past life” resides with his wife Tammy Daybell. Tylee Ryan and J.J. Vallow settle in, going to Yellowstone National Park with their mom and uncle Alex Cox. A photo from that trip is the last proof of Tylee’s life, and weeks later, J.J. Vallow stops going to school.

Meanwhile, Vallow and Daybell spend more time together. The couple is loading a storage unit with Vallow’s children’s belongings. A month passes, and suddenly Daybell’s wife Tammy is dead. Two weeks later, Lori Vallow is now Lori Vallow-Daybell after a wedding ceremony on a Kauai beach.

Chad Daybell’s wife Tammy Daybell dies in her sleep at the age of 49. Friends were shocked by her death, saying that Tammy was incredibly fit. The mom of five was training for a marathon and regularly attended high-intensity exercise classes with friends.

However, Chad Daybell painted a very different story of his wife’s health. He said Tammy Daybell was sickly, always coughing, and struggling with low blood pressure that led to fainting spells. Daybell said on the night of her death, Tammy Daybell had a coughing fit that led her to vomit. He helped her to bed and was startled awake when Tammy rolled onto the floor.

Daybell says when he checked on her, he realized Tammy was dead. Fremont County Coroner, Brenda Dye, took Daybell’s account of his wife’s health into consideration when she ruled Tammy Daybell’s cause of death to be pulmonary edema due to a cardiac event without performing an autopsy.

By June of 2020, detectives are narrowing down what happened to J.J. Vallow and Tylee Ryan since their disappearance nearly six months earlier. Lori Vallow-Daybell is behind bars on two felony charges of Desertion & Nonsupport of Dependent Children after failing to produce Tylee and J.J. in court on January 30.

On April 9, police announce their suspicion that Vallow and Vallow-Daybell conspired to kill Tammy Daybell. Rexburg Police return to Chad Daybell’s home for another search. While Daybell is detained, investigators uncover human remains in a pet cemetery in Daybell’s backyard. The remains are later confirmed to be J.J. Vallow and Tylee Ryan.

Joining Nancy Grace Today:

Tara Malek – Bosie, ID, Attorney & Co-owner of Smith + Malek; Former State and Federal Prosecutor; X: @smith_malek
Kendall Crowns
Dr. Kendall Crowns – Chief Medical Examiner Tarrant County (Ft Worth) and Lecturer: University of Texas Austin and Texas Christian University Medical School
Nate Eaton – News Director/Reporter for East Idaho News

Additional Guests

  • Vicki Hoban – Tammy Daybell’s Aunt
  • Tom Evans – Juror on Lori Daybell Trial (chosen as an alternate); Book: “Money Power and Sex: The Lori Daybell Trial”   

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[Feature Photo: Chad Daybell/Ada County Sheriff’s Office]