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Cult mom Lori Vallow was sued by ex-husband for hiding her daughter

The ex-husband of alleged cult mom Lori Vallow was previously sued for hiding her daughter.

In 2006, Joseph Ryan ended up filing a motion against Vallow having been denied all visitation rights with his daughter Tylee during the August of that year. 

It ended up leading to a dispute between Ryan and his one-time brother-in-law Alex Cox during which Ryan was assaulted with a stun gun.

The custody battle lasted for the rest of of Ryan’s life, until 2018 when he died. 

Joseph Ryan (above with Lori Vallow on their wedding day) fought for custody until he passed away in 2018

Alex Cox, 51, was said to have threatened Ryan with a stun gun in an Austin parking lot. He was jailed for three month. Cox died after being found unresponsive at a home in Gilbert, Arizona, on December 12, 2019

Alex Cox, 51, was said to have threatened Ryan with a stun gun in an Austin parking lot. He was jailed for three month. Cox died after being found unresponsive at a home in Gilbert, Arizona, on December 12, 2019

Lori, 46, is currently behind bars and being held on $1 million bail on charges of child neglect and desertion in connection with the disappearance of her daughter, 17-year-old Tylee Ryan, and her son, seven-year-old son Joshua ‘JJ’ Vallow, who have not been seen or heard from since September 2019. 

She has refused to cooperate with police over their disappearance.  

Tylee and JJ vanished eight months ago in September, shortly after they moved to Rexburg, Idaho from Arizona.

Investigators say Tylee was last seen hiking in Yellowstone National Park with her family on September 8. Meanwhile, all traces of JJ vanished on September 23 – but Lori’s mother, Janice Cox claims to have spoken to the missing seven-year-old by phone on October 1.

Vallow has repeatedly refused to produce the children in court although some family members have claimed that the kids are safe and sounds.  

Janice Cox and sister Summer Shiflet broke their silence for the first time to defend her in an interview with CBS News airing in full on Saturday.

In a clip from the interview, reporter Jonathan Vigliotti asked the women: ‘Do you think they’re in a bunker somewhere?’

‘I think that’s possible,’ Cox said, but she did not elaborate on where she believed the children were. 

Tylee and JJ disappeared in September but were never reported missing by their mother

Tylee and JJ disappeared in September but were never reported missing by their mother

Lori Vallow's mother Janice Cox said 'it's possible' the 'cult' mom's missing children are hiding in a bunker somewhere during an interview with CBS News airing in full on Saturday

Lori Vallow’s mother Janice Cox said ‘it’s possible’ the ‘cult’ mom’s missing children are hiding in a bunker somewhere during an interview with CBS News airing in full on Saturday

She and Shiflet also failed to explain why Lori has so far refused to cooperate with investigators trying to find out what happened to her children.

When asked about the matter, they replied in unison: ‘Well, that’s a great question,’ laughing towards one another as they spoke.

But the women insisted that Lori would never hurt either of her kids.  

‘She’s invested her whole life in those children,’ Cox said. ‘So we know there’s another whole side to this. We don’t know what it is. But we know her.’ 

Lori, 46, faces charges of child neglect and desertion in connection to the disappearance of her daughter, 17-year-old Tylee Ryan, and her seven-year-old son, Joshua 'JJ' V

Lori, 46, faces charges of child neglect and desertion in connection to the disappearance of her daughter, 17-year-old Tylee Ryan, and her seven-year-old son, Joshua ‘JJ’ Vallow 

Lori Vallow appears in court in Idaho in May after she requested her bond be reduced

Lori Vallow appears in court in Idaho in May after she requested her bond be reduced

In the 2006 court filing seen by The Sun, Ryan detailed the custody agreement and outlined the terms which had already been approved by a court a year earlier. 

The agreement stipulated Ryan must live within 100 miles of Vallow.

Ryan ended up taking legal action after Vallow did not keep up her end of the agreement which would have seen him spending times with Tylee on several occasions including part of the summer school break during August and a number of other weekends during that month.       

Investigators say Tylee was last seen hiking in Yellowstone National Park with her family on September 8. Meanwhile, all traces of JJ vanished on September 23 – but Cox claims to have spoken to the missing 7-year-old by phone on October 1

Ryan and Vallow had a years-long custody battle over daughter Tylee (above with her dad)

Ryan and Vallow had a years-long custody battle over daughter Tylee (above with her dad)

The FBI is reportedly looking into the death of Lori Vallow's third husband Joseph Ryan (pictured). Joseph died of an apparent heart attack in 2018, 14 years after he and Lori divorced

The FBI is reportedly looking into the death of Lori Vallow’s third husband Joseph Ryan (pictured). Joseph died of an apparent heart attack in 2018, 14 years after he and Lori divorced

The filing looking for the court to fine Vallow, holding her in contempt and sending her to jail for 18 months after ignoring the custody order. 

‘[Joseph] believes that based on the conduct of [Vallow], that [Vallow] will continue to fail to comply with the order,’ reads the motion. 

But the case was not over quickly and dragged on for 12 years but it wasn’t without drama.

Four months after filing the motion, Vallow’s brother, Alex Cox threatened Ryan with a stun gun during a custody exchange in a parking lot in Austin.

He fired at him twice and threatened to kill him.    

Ryan had to be treated by paramedics after the attack. 

Cox pled guilty to aggravated assault and was jailed for three months. 

During the same autumn the two children disappeared, Vallow married for the fifth time to Chad Daybell (right). Daybell's wife of 29 years, Tammy, had died just weeks before

During the same autumn the two children disappeared, Vallow married for the fifth time to Chad Daybell (right). Daybell’s wife of 29 years, Tammy, had died just weeks before

Ten years later, Cox attacked another of Vallow’s ex-husband’s in a custody handover, killing Charles Vallow. 

Cox, 51, never ended up serving any jail time on that occasion after claiming the attack was self defense. He died a few months later of natural causes. 

Ex-husband Joseph Ryan also died in 2018 at the age of 58. 

Vallow and her fifth husband Chad Daybell fled Idaho for Hawaii in late November, one day after police began asking questions about JJ and Tylee’s whereabouts.   

Vallow has so far refused to cooperate with investigators as to where her children are or what happened to them

Vallow has so far refused to cooperate with investigators as to where her children are or what happened to them

Authorities later tracked them down in the Kauai town of Princeville on January 25 and served the mother with a court order requiring her to physically produce the children to authorities in Idaho within five days. 

After she failed to do so, Vallow was arrested on charges of child abandonment and desertion on February 20, and then brought back to Idaho where she is being held.

The case of missing JJ and Tylee captured nationwide attention when revelations that police are were also investigating three mysterious deaths linked to Lori and Chad surfaced, as well as family members’ claims that the couple are members of a dangerous doomsday cult.  

The first death linked to the case was Tammy Daybell. Her death was initially listed as natural causes when he then husband Chad, who is now married to Vallow, declined an autopsy. Many friends of Tammy have insisted that the 49-year-old was in great shape, casting doubt on the initial ruling.

Authorities exhumed Tammy’s body in December after determining that her death could be linked to the disappearance of JJ and Tylee.

The results of the autopsy and toxicology tests have not yet been released.

Despite the couple fleeing to Hawaii seemingly without JJ and Tylee, Cox insisted that Vallow ‘never’ expressed any resentment towards her children or blamed them for the failure of her previous four marriages

Despite the couple fleeing to Hawaii seemingly without JJ and Tylee, Cox insisted that Vallow ‘never’ expressed any resentment towards her children or blamed them for the failure of her previous four marriages

The second death was that of Charles Vallow, Lori’s husband of more than a decade who filed for divorce from her five months before he was shot and killed by her brother Alex Cox on July 11, 2019.

Charles and Lori had gotten into an argument when he came to pick up JJ, their adoptive son, at her home in Chandler, Arizona.

Cox intervened and fired two fatal shots into Charles’ chest.

Police initially determined that Cox acted in self defense – but the case was reopened with the search for JJ and Tylee, who had moved to Idaho, where Chad lived, with their mother in August.

An email from Phoenix police that was leaked earlier this month revealed that investigators were close to charging Lori in connection with Charles’ death.

Court documents from early December indicated that Charles’ death was being investigated as ‘conspiracy murder’.

Less than two weeks later, Alex was found dead in Gilbert, Arizona, on December 12, the day after Tammy’s body was exhumed.

His death, at aged 51, is now under investigation as police wait for an autopsy to determine the cause.

An additional untimely death close to Lori was unearthed this week: her older sister Stacey Lynne Cox Cope.

Stacey died aged 31 in 1998. The cause is unclear and there is no suggestion Vallow was involved in her death.

Chad Daybell and his 'cult' mom wife Lori Vallow are being investigated for the murder of his previous wife Tammy, new documents show. Tammy (pictured with Chad) was found dead under suspicious circumstances at their home in Idaho in October

Chad Daybell and his ‘cult’ mom wife Lori Vallow are being investigated for the murder of his previous wife Tammy, new documents show. Tammy (pictured with Chad) was found dead under suspicious circumstances at their home in Idaho in October

Four people with links to Lori Vallow have suffered untimely deaths(top in court on March 6). Those deaths are: Lori's brother Alex Cox (left), her new husband Chad Daybell's previous wife Tammy Daybell (second left), her fourth husband Charles Vallow (center), her third husband Joseph Ryan (second right). Her sister Stacey Cox Cope (right) died in 1998. It's not clear what the cause of Cope's death was

Four people with links to Lori Vallow have suffered untimely deaths(top in court on March 6). Those deaths are: Lori’s brother Alex Cox (left), her new husband Chad Daybell’s previous wife Tammy Daybell (second left), her fourth husband Charles Vallow (center), her third husband Joseph Ryan (second right). Her sister Stacey Cox Cope (right) died in 1998. It’s not clear what the cause of Cope’s death was

Timeline of JJ and Tylee’s disappearance 

July 11: Lori Vallow’s husband, Charles Vallow, is killed by her brother, Alex Cox, in Arizona 

August: Lori moves children JJ and Tylee to Rexburg, Idaho

September 23: The last time JJ was seen at his school in Idaho 

October 19: Chad Daybell’s wife Tammy dies at their Idaho  home 

October 25: A friend of Tylee receives a text from her phone   

November 5: Lori and Chad marry

November 26: Out-of-state relatives ask Idaho police to perform a welfare check on JJ. Lori and Chad claim he is in Arizona with relatives. Police also learn Tylee has not been seen since September, either

November 27: Police execute a search warrant at Lori and Chad’s home, discovering the couple have fled Idaho

December 11: Tammy Daybell’s body is exhumed from the Utah cemetery

December 12: Lori’s brother, Alex Cox, believed to have died in Arizona

December 21: Police issue a press release about JJ and Tylee, revealing they believe their disappearance is linked to Tammy’s death

December 24: Lori and Chad issue a statement through an attorney saying they love their son and daughter and look forward to addressing ‘allegations once they have moved beyond speculation and rumor’

December 30: Police accuse Lori and Chad of lying to investigators and say they believe the couple know where the kids are or what happened to them

January 26: Lori and Chad are seen for the first time in months as police serve two search warrants in Kaua’i 

January 30 Lori misses court deadline to produce the children to authorities

February 20: Lori is arrested in Kauai 

Vallow’s request to have her bond lowered from $1million to between $100,000 and $250,000 was denied by an Idaho judge earlier this month. 

Prosecutors said ahead of the proceeding that a reduction should only be considered by the judge if Vallow could produce the children.

Vallow, who was wearing a face mask along with her jail uniform, had appeared in the mostly empty Idaho courtroom Friday while her lawyer argued for the lowered bond.

As part of his argument, Vallow’s defense attorney, Mark Means, asked the judge to consider a more ‘reasonable’ bond amount than the current $1million, given the coronavirus-induced economic situation, according to East Idaho News.

Means had filed a motion seeking a bond reduction last month, claiming that he did not have adequate opportunity to confidentially communicate in jail with his client.

Means’ bond reduction request hinged on his claim that officials at the Madison County Detention Center had on multiple occasions secretly recorded his confidential phone conversations with Vallow, after assuring him that the recording device was off.

After the more than two hours of arguments offered by Means and the prosecutor, Magistrate Judge Michelle Mallard denied the lowered bond request by stating there wasn’t enough evidence to support Means’ motion.

‘I cannot find any good cause to reduce the bond further than it already has,’ Mallard said according to the newspaper. 

‘I would advise Mr. Means consult with local defense attorneys who I’m sure have come up with alternatives during this time… about ways to surmount any virus problems at the jail in regards to communicating with clients.’ 

Vallow’s request to have her bond lowered from $1million to between $100,000 and $250,000 was denied by an Idaho judge earlier this month

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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