Nanny who hired Lori Vallow to look after her son, JJ, claims the cult mother later lied about where the boy was
A woman who hired Lori Vallow to look after her seven-year-old son JJ says the mother abruptly stopped answering her text messages the day after the boy disappeared in September last year with his older sister Tylee.
The babysitter, who asked to remain anonymous, took care of it FOX13 with a copy of the statement she gave to the police this week while a multi-state search continues for JJ and Tylee.
The children were last seen in Idaho more than five months ago, but were never reported missing by their mother, who was arrested in Hawaii last week on charges of leaving and leaving the child.
In her statement, the babysitter described the two consecutive days she spent with JJ and Lori after the mother approached her about babysitting the seven-year-old.
She said that after the second visit, Lori told her that JJ would spend a month with his grandparents – which she later discovered was a lie.
A woman who hired Lori Vallow to take care of her seven-year-old son, Joshua “JJ” Vallow (left), says the mother abruptly stopped answering her text messages the day after the boy and his boy in September last year older sister Tylee disappeared. . The children were never reported missing by their mother Lori, who was arrested in Hawaii last week on charges of leaving and leaving the child. Lori is depicted in her mugshot (right)
The police are still looking for Tylee (17) and JJ (seven) who went missing five months ago
JJ was last seen at his primary school in Rexburg on September 23, a day before his mother pulled him back and told the caretakers that she would be homeschooling him.
Doorbell camera recordings made at a neighbor’s house seemed to let JJ play in his front yard on September 17.
Tylee was last seen on September 8 in Yellowstone National Park on a day trip with her mother, uncle and JJ.
The police picked up a photo of Tylee in the park from Lori’s iCloud account and said there was no sign of the 17-year-old ever since.
Timeline of the disappearance of JJ and Tylee
July 11: Lori Vallow’s husband, Charles Vallow, is murdered by her brother, Alex Cox, in Arizona
August: Vallow relocates children JJ and Tylee to Rexburg, Idaho
September 8: The last time Tylee was seen on a day trip to Yellowstone Park
September 23: The last time JJ was seen at his school in Idaho
19 October: Chad Daybell’s wife Tammy dies in their home in Idaho
October 25: A friend of Tylee receives a text message from her phone
November 5: Vallow and Daybell are getting married
November 26: Foreign family members ask the Idaho police to carry out a welfare check on JJ. Vallow and Daybell claim that he is in Arizona with family members. The police also learn that Tylee has not been seen since September
November 27: The police carry out a search warrant at the home of Vallow and Daybell and discover that the Idaho couple have fled
December 11: Tammy Daybell’s body was dug up from the Utah cemetery
12 December: Vallow’s brother, Alex Cox, believed to have died in Arizona
21st of December: The police issue a press release about JJ and Tylee, which shows that they believe their disappearance is related to the death of Tammy
December 24: Vallow and Chad make a statement through a lawyer and say they love their son and daughter and look forward to “tackling allegations once they have gone beyond speculation and rumor”
December 30: Police accuse Vallow and Chad of lying to investigators and say they believe the couple knows where the children are or what has happened to them
January 26: Vallow and Chad are seen for the first time in months while the police are serving two search warrants in Kaua’i
January 30 Vallow misses the legal deadline to bring the children to the authorities
In her statement to the police, the babysitter wrote that Lori had responded to an advertisement she had posted on the Care.com babysitter site, and the couple began exchanging text messages.
On September 18, Lori asked her to come over for an interview “to see if I could look at JJ because he has autism,” the babysitter wrote.
She described Lori as “well put together and happy,” and said the mother was “very hospitable and gave me a hug.”
“Their house was clean and had an image of a temple on the wall,” wrote the babysitter.
“She explained to me how we saw JJ playing outside with the neighbors, some of his tendencies.
“He easily becomes emotional, frustrated, distracted, has difficulty communicating with others, but can follow orders if you look him in the eye.”
The nanny said that Lori told how the family had recently moved from Arizona to Rexburg after her husband, Charles Vallow, died of a heart attack, and added that “JJ doesn’t fully understand the situation.”
Months later, when the search for JJ and Tylee made national headlines, the nanny heard that Charles had actually been shot dead in the chest by Lori’s brother, Alex Cox, who himself died in December.
Lori also spoke about her daughter Tylee, said the babysitter, and claimed that the 17-year-old was not living at home, but would sometimes visit for dinner or to do laundry.
“It seemed that only Lori and JJ lived there, considering the things and what she told me,” she wrote.
Lori’s indictment documents indicated that the mother had told that Tylee was going to the Rexburg campus of Brigham Young University, but detectives determined that the teenager was never registered there.
At the end of the visit, Lori asked the nanny to come and see JJ for a few hours the next day when she went to the airport to pick up a friend.
“I told her that I was available and could come,” the babysitter wrote.
She added, “My general impression of her was that she was friendly, but seemed stressed out because she was a newly widowed mother alone with her autistic son.”
The last known images of JJ, recorded on a neighbor’s security camera, showed the seven-year-old playing outside his home in Rexburg on September 17
When the babysitter returned the next day, she instructed JJ to give his medicine just before bedtime in case she came home late because “it makes him tired quickly.”
“She joked about how she liked it, because on some days, when he was extra hard for her, she gave him his medication and let him go to bed early to give her a break,” the nanny wrote.
She said that Lori’s brother Alex came to the town hall and that the couple left together.
She said that JJ was upset that Lori left but soon came to rest.
He then went outside to play with a few other children, before he got into a fight with one of them who collapsed him.
“He started crying and screaming. I tried to calm him down, distract him with a show, tell him how sometimes people need a break and how to share, “wrote the babysitter.
“He threw the chair down from their wooden table, turned the ottoman by his couch, and then ran upstairs.
“I let him cry a little, hoping he would calm down, but he didn’t. I thought I should check him to make sure he wouldn’t hurt himself or break anything, so I went upstairs. I quickly found him under the bed in his mother’s room.
“He also had an upstairs room, but I remember it contained only toys, not a bed. Lori’s room seemed normal, she had a large bed, a bathroom and it looked clean.
“Although something strange was that there was a small mattress in the corner where JJ slept. It was quite thin, the size of a twin mattress, with sheets and a pillow.
“A mirror hung over the mattress in the corner, while JJ ran away from under the bed, he went to the mirror and knocked him off the wall.”
On September 18, Lori asked the babysitter to come by for an interview “to see if I can handle looking at JJ because he has autism,” she wrote to the police in her statement. JJ is pictured in 2018
Shortly after Lori came home with her brother and the friend they had picked up from the airport.
“The mother calmed JJ and asked me what had happened. I explained the situation and she looked after him … “the woman said.
“It felt a little overwhelming to see the amount of love she showed him instead of teaching and calming him down.”
Lori paid the babysitter $ 40 in cash before leaving the house.
“From what we talked about yesterday, that was what she seemed to need, was almost daily help from me,” she wrote. “This was the last day I saw JJ and Lori.”
Five days later, the babysitter reached to Lori about watching JJ.
“She replied that JJ was with his grandparents for a month and that she was in Hawaii,” wrote the babysitter.
“In about a month, when they returned, she said I could work again.”
JJ’s grandparents, Kay and Larry Woodcock, said the last time they saw JJ in August was FaceTime.
It wasn’t until Halloween that the sitter followed Lori and asked if she needed help with caring for JJ – but the mother never answered.
“I thought it was strange that they were just on the road for a month and didn’t have to work after I had hired,” the babysitter wrote.
“I assumed she really needed a break from JJ, I think, and I stayed with that. That was the last time I ever communicated with Lori. “
JJ’s grandparents, Kay and Larry Woodcock, said the last time they saw JJ in August FaceTime was over
Authorities went in search of the children at the end of November after conducting a welfare check on behalf of concerned family members who said they had not spoken to JJ, who is autistic, for months.
When officers first went to Lori’s home in Idaho on November 26, she told that JJ was visiting relatives in Arizona – a lie, according to researchers.
The next day, officers returned and discovered that Lori and the man she married weeks before, Chad Daybell, had fled the house.
Authorities say the couple repeatedly lied about where JJ and Tylee are and refused to cooperate in the investigation.
Since then it has turned out that they had told people that Tylee was dead and that Lori has no minor children.
Lori and Chad were called interested in the disappearance of the children after researchers said they believed the mother knows where her children are or what has happened to them.
The couple issued a statement after they fled and claimed that they had done nothing wrong.
The police said there is reason to believe that the children are in danger.
Lori’s estranged husband Charles Vallow (pictured together) was shot on July 11 by her brother Alex Cox in Arizona
Chad’s wife Tammy Daybell (pictured together) was found dead in mysterious circumstances in October, just two weeks before he married Lori
The case attracted nationwide attention with the revelations that the police are also investigating three mysterious deaths related to Lori and Chad, as well as claims by family members that the couple is a member of a dangerous doomsday cult.
The first death is that of Lori’s estranged husband Charles Vallow, who was shot in Arizona on July 10 by her brother Alex Cox.
Charles and Lori had a fight when the father came to pick up JJ at the mother’s house in Chandler.
Lori’s brother intervened and shot Charles deadly.
Lori’s brother Alex Cox (photo) died under mysterious circumstances on December 12
The police initially ordered him to act in self-defense – but the case was reopened in the midst of several state searches for JJ and Tylee, who had moved with their mother to Idaho in August where Chad lived.
The second mysterious death was Tammy Daybell – the previous wife of Chad – who was found dead on October 19 in the couple’s home in Salem, Idaho.
A death notice stated that Tammy died in her sleep and that her cause of death was considered natural after Chad reportedly refused an autopsy.
Investigators reopened the case after hearing that JJ and Tylee were missing because their mother had married Chad just two weeks after Tammy’s death. They believe that the two things can be connected.
Tammy’s body was dug up on December 11 and the autopsy results have not yet been released.
On December 12, Lori’s brother, Alex Cox, was found dead in Gilbert, Arizona.
The death of the 51-year-old is now being investigated while the police are waiting for an autopsy to find out the cause.
The police see Lori frisking before she was detained outside her apartment in Kauai
While officers were prepared to take Lori in a patrol car, her Doomsday writer watched husband Chad Daybell (right) helpless
The police tracked down Lori and Chad at the end of last month in Princeville, Hawaii, and issued a warrant to the mother in which she must physically give the children to the Idaho authorities by January 30.
Lori did not meet the deadline and was arrested in Kauai last Thursday.
She is currently being jailed instead of a $ 5 million bail for awaiting extradition to Idaho, which officials say may take up to 90 days.
She will appear in court on March 2 for the next step in the extradition process.
Lori appeared in court on Friday (photo), where a judge refused to reduce her request for bail