Lori Vallow’s courtroom chaos as the trial paused the day after the ‘cult mother’ fell asleep while the children’s autopsy pictures were shown

A MOTHER accused of killing her children is said to have fallen asleep in court as the children’s autopsy pictures were shown.

Lori Vallow, 49, was accused of murdering her daughter Tylee, 16, and son Joshua “JJ”, seven, with the support of her husband Chad Daybell in 2019.

Lori Vallow reportedly fell asleep for half an hour during Tuesday's trial


Lori Vallow reportedly fell asleep for half an hour during Tuesday’s trialCredit: Lisa C Cheney / Pool
Vallow was accused of murdering her two children, JJ and Tylee, in 2019


Vallow was accused of murdering her two children, JJ and Tylee, in 2019Credit: FBI

Vallow’s trial began on Monday and was dropped on Wednesday, according to reports reports from the New York Post on Twitter.

There were “unforeseen” circumstances that ended the court case and there will now be no April 17 court session.

Prosecutors have since released a statement explaining that there has been “a death in the family of one of the prosecutors’ lead counsels.”

“The court and defense have graciously allowed the prosecution to adjust to this personal situation,” the statement continued.

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This comes just a day after Vallow appeared to fall asleep during the process.

The mother asked to waive her right to attend the trial on Tuesday but was denied, per News Nation.

She was then forced to stay while the court went through Tylee and JJ’s autopsy photos.

“[There was] definitely sleeping at one point,” Law & Crime Network correspondent Gigi McKelvey told the outlet.

McKelvey went on to say that she did not see Vallow sleepy at any other time during the trial, but stated that Vallow allegedly slept for about 30 minutes.

“As far as I can tell, she wasn’t looking at any of those photos — she was asleep,” McKelvey added.

As The US Sun previously reported, much of Tuesday’s discussion revolved around the children’s deaths and the discovery of their remains.


Police discovered the children’s bodies on Daybell’s property after searching for them for months.

The “cult mother” and Daybell are said to have burned and buried the remains.

JJs were reportedly in a pet cemetery while Tylee’s body had been burned and dismembered.

“We started finding burned flesh and decomposing bones. The smell was so bad that we had to take turns digging,” noted Detective Ray Hermosillo.

“Eventually we discovered what we thought was part of Tylee that had been burned. There were bits of bone, charred flesh, just lumps of flesh falling apart.”

The detective explained in court that the discovery of JJ’s body was just as gruesome as the child was wearing pajamas and a pull-ups diaper soaked from his decomposing corpse.

Hermosillo also told the jury about a discovery made by law enforcement when they searched Vallow’s home and garage.

Various of JJ’s toys and items, as well as prescription drugs, were uncovered along with several guns, knives, and blank magazines.

“There were things of that nature in the garage that stood out,” Hermosillo said in court on Tuesday.

In addition, there were three to five “preparation bags” and some emergency kits in the house.

White hazmat suits and a contract signed by Vallow for a storage unit were also found.

Not to mention that the belongings of Alex Cox, Lori’s late brother, were also discovered on Vallow’s property.


Cox killed Lori’s fourth husband and father of her children, Charles Vallow, in 2019 and he died later that same year in December.

A coroner ruled that his death was due to natural causes at the time.

Two years later, however, Charles’ death was finally ruled a homicide, and his ex-wife was charged with conspiracy to commit murder in Arizona.

Cox was then labeled as a conspirator.

Vallow faces the same charge in the case of Daybell’s wife Tammy, who also died in 2019.

It was initially claimed that Tammy, 49, died of natural causes in her sleep, but following the suspicious deaths surrounding the couple, her body was exhumed and re-examined.

After re-examination, the coroner concluded that Tammy died “at the hands of strangers and from asphyxiation.”

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PaulLeBlanc is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. PaulLeBlanc joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: paulleblanc@dailynationtoday.com.

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