A forensic pathologist who conducted an autopsy on the body of JJ Vallow said the boy died of asphyxia when questioned Wednesday in the trial Lori Vallow Daybell.
Dr. Garth Warren, a forensic pathologist who has contracts with multiple Idaho counties, said the cause of de@th for the 7-year-old was asphyxia caused by a plastic bag being placed over his head and duct tape over his mouth, the East Idaho News reports.
During his questioning, Warren stated that they discovered a white plastic bag wrapped over his head with duct tape when they received JJ’s body for the autopsy. Duct tape was also wrapped around his forearms, hands, and ankles.
Warren said during the trial that following the autopsy, the clothes, duct tape, plastic bag, hair, and teeth were provided to law enforcement.
According to East Idaho News, Warren stated that there were no sickness symptoms or injuries to internal organs, including the ribs and lungs.
Warren also testified that they determined the cause of death for Tylee Ryan, JJ’s sister, was a homicide by unspecified means, East Idaho News reports.
He revealed how the 16-year-old’s burnt and destroyed remains were given to him in various bags.
Warren stated that during the autopsy, they looked for bullets, a fragment of a knife, or any other debris that may be gathered as evidence, according to East Idaho News. Instead, they discovered a pile of bones covered in muck and grime.
According to East Idaho News, Warren stated there was no proof that Tylee was alive when her body was burned.
The bodies of JJ and Tylee were recovered on June 9, 2020, in the backyard of Chad Daybell’s rural Idaho home.
The questioning comes on week three of the eight-week trial of Lori Vallow Daybell held in St. Anthony, Idaho.
Lori Vallow Daybell and her husband, Chad Daybell are accused of conspiring to kill JJ, Tylee, and Chad Daybell’s late wife Tammy Daybell.
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