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Autopsy results for Tammy Daybell are finally complete

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The autopsy of Tammy Daybell, the late wife of “cult dad” Chad Daybell, has finally been completed, with the results sent to authorities in Idaho, KOMO News reports.

Married to Chad Daybell for 29 years, Tammy died mysteriously at home in Salem, Idaho, in mid-October 2019 — just two-and-a-half weeks before her widower ran off and married his mistress of about a year, “doomsday mom” Lori Vallow. By December of that year, Idaho authorities had gotten wise that Lori’s two kids were missing and newly suspicious of Chad, wound up exhuming Tammy’s body so they could perform an autopsy in hopes that the results might shed light on the overall case against the couple.

While Idaho authorities waited and waited for the results of Tammy’s autopsy that winter and subsequent spring, they searched for Lori’s children and ultimately dug up their remains from Chad Daybell’s property in June 2020. Both he and Lori are now awaiting a summertime trial for conspiracy to hide the bodies of Tylee Ryan, 17, and JJ Vallow, 7. 

Neither Lori nor Chad has been charged with murder of the two kids, although the Idaho prosecutor in the case has indicated that he hopes to file such charges. As for the results of Tammy Daybell’s autopsy, which the Utah medical examiner sent to the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, they may not be made public until the couple’s trial, which is slated for July.

The results are not being made public at this time because it is evidence in Daybell’s and Vallow’s upcoming trials, officials said.

Autopsy completed on mysterious death of Chad Daybell’s former wife

“We will release additional information as it becomes available,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement about the results of Tammy Daybell’s autopsy.

Chad Daybell told authorities who arrived at his home on October 19, 2019, that his wife had died in her sleep overnight. 

A cult evangelist and author of numerous books about doomsday and near-death experiences, Daybell later claimed to a friend of his and Lori’s that his wife had grown “weaker and weaker” during the period preceding her death. He claimed she didn’t want to see a physician due to an antipathy toward the medical profession. However, witnesses have since affirmed that the 49-year-old Tammy seemed perfectly healthy during that time and was even training for a 5K.

Fox 13 reports that at first Tammy’s death was initially deemed to be a result of natural causes. Chad Daybell was adamant in the immediate aftermath of her demise that she not receive an autopsy, and as a result he was able to get her buried in only a matter of days.

Just two weeks after her death, Chad Daybell married Lori Vallow, whose own husband, Charles, had died a few months earlier. Officials exhumed Tammy Daybell’s body from a Springville, Utah cemetery after an investigation was also opened into the disappearance of Vallow’s two young children.

Tammy Daybell autopsy completed, results sent to Fremont Co. Sheriff’s Office

Lori Vallow’s brother Alex Cox shot her previous husband, Charles Vallow, in Phoenix in July 2019, claiming self defence.

Years before, Cox spent some time in jail for assaulting her previous husband, Joseph Ryan, with a stun gun.

Cox himself died in December 2019, of an apparent blood clot in his lung. Investigators searching for his sister’s two children wound up relying on location data from Cox’s cell phone to lead them to Tylee and JJ’s bodies. They presume that Cox was the one who in September 2019 transported the children’s bodies from the apartment complex in Rexburg, Idaho, where he and Lori had just begun renting apartments to Chad’s place in Salem.

MagicValley.com reports that Tammy Daybell’s autopsy was performed by the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner, after her body was first sent to Boise. The results were so long in the coming because she had already been dead for two months by the time her corpse was exhumed and the body had experienced considerable decomposition.

Tammy’s father, Ron Douglas, said Tammy seemed healthy when he visited her two weeks before her death. Douglas said Chad had told him Tammy had gone to bed with a terrible cough and never woke up.

Autopsy completed in investigation of Tammy Daybell’s death

Ten days before the death that would tee up the long wait for her autopsy results, Tammy was confronted in her driveway in Salem by a ski mask–sporting man who pointed a paintball gun at her. 

Tammy reported to the cops that the man had fired at her several times, but that the gun did not seem to be loaded.

East Idaho News notes that Tammy was a librarian at Central Elementary School in Sugar City, Idaho, and a former employee of Madison Middle School.

As Tammy Daybell’s exhumed body was receiving a lengthy autopsy and her grieving family was awaiting the results, they set up a foundation in her name “to honor her legacy of service and love of literacy.” Meanwhile, the newly remarried Chad Daybell sat in jail awaiting trial.

“Tammy’s true focus throughout her life was her family, from serving a delicious dinner each Sunday to remembering every birthday and holiday with gifts,” her obituary reads. “She also loved all sorts of animals, but she especially loved Indian runner ducks. She also raised pigeons, chickens, cats and rabbits, knowing each one by name. She loved gardening, cooking and playing games with the family. Her laugh will be remembered and cherished.”

Tammy Daybell’s autopsy is complete

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Former Virginia corrections employee claims she was fired for wearing tampon

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A former employee at the Virginia Department of Corrections can move forward with a lawsuit that claims she was fired because the jail thought her tampon was contraband, a judge ruled Monday.

Joyce Flores alleged in a lawsuit that she was axed from her job as a dental hygienist in July 2019 after her colleagues mistook a tampon for contraband during a body scan at the facility, despite her repeated attempts to explain the situation.

“At no point did [Flores] bring or attempt to bring contraband into ACC. The reason provided by VDOC for the termination is pretext for sex discrimination. Plaintiff’s employment was terminated because she was a menstruating female utilizing a feminine hygiene product when she arrived to work on July 17, 2019,” the suit, filed in November, charges.

In response, the Department of Corrections asked a judge to drop the claims, arguing that Flores didn’t provide enough evidence proving gender discrimination at the time of her firing, the Virginia Mercury reported.

However, District Judge Thomas Cullen rejected the department’s request, saying, “Flores’ menstruation and use of a tampon — conditions inextricable from her sex and her child-bearing capacity — she would not have been discharged.”

In 2018, the Virginia Department of Corrections banned women from wearing tampons while visiting inmates citing concerns that its body scanning system would not be able to differentiate the female hygiene product from contraband.

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Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced Wednesday he has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Republican governor was quarantining in his home with mild symptoms, his office said in a statement.

Dunleavy began to isolate himself after learning Sunday he had been in close contact with someone who had the virus. He got tested that same day and his results came back negative.

He had been feeling well until Tuesday night. On Wednesday morning, he tested again, and the resulte was positive, according to Dunleavy’s office.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink and the governor’s attending physician are monitoring him.

Meanwhile, Alaska House Speaker Louise Stutes also tested positive for the contagious bug.

Committee hearings were canceled for Thursday, and Stutes warned her colleagues not to enter the state Capitol unless it was necessary.

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Woman caught on video crashing into upstate NY bakery

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An 82-year-old woman could be seen on video as she drives straight into a bakery in upstate New York on Tuesday.

Kathryn Ford went to apply the brakes but accidentally hit the gas pedal, prompting her to plow into Dolce and Biscotti in Clifton Park shortly before 5 p.m., the Albany Times Union reported citing state police.

Inside, Ford continued hitting the gas, but luckily, Tom Fron, whose wife owns the bakery, ran over to the car to turn off the ignition.

“It was a miracle,” he told the outlet. “I was at the cash register and everyone else was in a separate corners of the bakery.”

“It happened so fast. I heard a crash and she was in the middle of the bakery,” Fron added. “We are blessed. Everything that was damaged can be repaired.”

Video of the crash shows the BMW slamming through the bakery’s glass windows, and into the kitchen where several employees ran for cover.

Ford had no injuries. Only one person suffered a minor arm injury and was treated by EMS at the scene.

The bakery posted on its Facebook page that it will be temporarily closed for one to two weeks due to renovations.

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