Son of Lori Vallow, Idaho mother accused of murdering 2 of her children, charged with sexual assault


Lori Vallow’s surviving son, the Idaho mother charged with murdering her two younger childrenhas been charged with assault, according to police records.

Colby Jordan Ryan, 26, was arrested Saturday in Mesa, Arizona, after his estranged wife accused him of raping her at home.

The victim, who was not identified, told officers Ryan came to her home to watch television on Wednesday, according to a statement of probable cause. The couple is divorced and do not live together. The woman told police that the two kissed by mutual consent, but that she did not want to have sexual intercourse with Ryan. The woman told Ryan to stop several times, but he touched her inappropriately and then raped her, the probable cause says.

Lori Vallow Daybell sits among her attorneys for a hearing at the Fremont County Courthouse in St. Anthony, Idaho, on August 16, 2022.Tony Blakeslee / East Idaho News via AP

Afterward, Ryan told his wife “he was sorry and started to cry,” the document says.

The next day, the woman recorded a conversation with Ryan, who reportedly admitted to touching and raping her inappropriately.

“During the recorded conversation, the suspect admitted that he ‘raped’ the victim,” the suspected cause said.

Detectives also said Ryan made “oral confessions” during a police interrogation, the document said.

Ryan was charged with two counts of sexual assault and is being held in the Maricopa County Jail. Attorney records were not available to him.

Ryan is the son of Lori Vallow Daybell, who – along with her husband, Chad Daybell – was charged with the murders of her son, Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and daughter, Tylee Ryan, 17.

Prosecutors have alleged that the couple planned to kill Tylee and steal the Social Security benefits she received because her father died. They claimed the couple also killed Joshua.

Authorities in Idaho began investigating the couple in November 2019 after family members reported that the two children were missing. The married couple lied to the police about the whereabouts of the childrenAt one point, told investigators Joshua was staying with a friend out of state.

The couple eventually stopped working with the police and left the state. They were found in January 2020 in Hawaii. Later that year, the remains of the children were discovered buried in the grounds of Chad Daybell.

Court documents stated that Joshua was buried in an animal cemetery and Tylee’s remains were dismembered and burned in a fire pit.

The couple is also embroiled in at least one other death. Authorities say they got married two weeks after Chad Daybell’s wife, Tammy Daybell, died unexpectedly. The death was initially considered natural, but investigators had the body exhumed so that an autopsy could be performed. The autopsy, which was completed last year, ruled the death a homicide.

According to prosecutors, Daybell Vallow and her husband had exchanged text messages saying they believed Tammy Daybell was “in limbo” and “possessed by a ghost called Viola” before she was murdered.

Daybell Vallow is too charged with conspiracy to commit murder in Arizona in connection with the death of her previous husband, Charles Vallow. He was shot and killed in 2019 by Daybell Vallow’s brother, Alex Cox, who claimed it was self-defense. Cox later died of what police believed were natural causes.

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