PHOENIX - FOX 10 has obtained court paperwork regarding a potential divorce for Lori Vallow, the mother of two missing children with ties in Arizona who was last seen in Idaho.
The documents are revealed, as FBI officials confirm a forensic investigation at the home of Chad Daybell, Lori's new husband.
The alleged claims in these documents from February 2019 are disturbing, with claims made by Lori's former husband, Charles.
Charles eventually dismissed the petition in March, and his son has told FOX 10 that Charles wanted to make the marriage work.
In July 2019, Charles was shot and killed, and the investigation into his death at a Chandler home remains open.
Lori, along with the missing children, Tylee Ryan and Joshua "JJ" Vallow, witnessed the incident.
Joshua "JJ" Vallow (left) and Tylee Ryan (right) (Photo Courtesy: Rexberg, Idaho Police Department)
According to police, Lori's brother, Alex Cox, shot Charles in self-defense. Cox has since died.
In an interview with FOX 10's Justin Lum, one of Charles' sons says he doesn't buy the claim of self-defense.
“I knew my dad was the most passive person. He hated arguing with people. He’d never been in a fight, he was not an aggressive person in any way. I don’t believe it at all," said the son, in a voice-only interview. The son did not want to be identified.
Charles' son helped Charles move from Arizona to Texas in March 2019, when Lori had changed.
"Lori had basically just disappeared, and he had no idea where she went for I think two-ish months, and so eventually he was like ‘alright, I have to move away for JJ’s sake, for JJ’s safety’ and so he decided to move to Houston,” said the son.
Eventually, JJ would reunite with Lori and Tylee in Chandler. The son learned of his father's death on the news and says Lori has stayed mum on the details.
"She couldn’t tell you that there was a shooting?" asked FOX 10's Justin Lum.
"No," the son replied. "She refused to tell us."
In divorce paperwork filed by Charles through his attorney, Charles wanted sole custody of his adopted son, JJ. The father also released disturbing allegations concerning Lori's mental stability.
Lori Vallow (right) and Chad Daybell (left) (Photo Courtesy: Rexberg, Idaho Police Department)
Court documents refer to Lori as "Mother" and Charles as "Father". Charles said during a phone call in late January that Lori told him she is a "translated being who cannot taste death sent by god to lead the 144,000 into the Millennium".
"Mother believes that she is receiving spiritual revelations and visions to help her gather and prepare those chosen to live in the New Jerusalem after the Great War as prophesied in the Book of Revelations" read a portion of the documents.
Charles says in the documents that Lori threatened him, telling him she was a God preparing for christ's second coming in July 2020, and if he got in her way, she would murder him. Charles later got an Order of Protection.
The documents also show Charles trying to get help for Lori, but she refused because they would discover that she's a "translated being".
Charles reportedly filed a petition with Community Bridges Healthcare for a 72-hour hold and evaluation, according to the documents, and even the staff called Gilbert Police to bring Lori in for treatment.
In addition, according to an e-mail from Enterprise Rent-A-Car to Charles, 2,000 points were transferred out of his rewards account, and documents say Charles was worried that Lori planned to use the points to leave Arizona with JJ.
Charles also claimed that Lori would destroy him financially.
"He told me like ‘oh, Lori took, like, a large sum of money out of our joint bank account, and basically just took all his money," said the son.
Charles reportedly provided his attorney with a list of transactions from the Vallows' business account, claiming that Lori transferred $10,000 into their personal account before moving the money into an unknown account in January 2019. She then allegedly transferred $25,000 from the business account to the joint account, and then from the joint account to the same unknown account.
The amount of money transferred totaled $35,000
Charles said he asked Lori to return it all, but claims she ignored him, and when he tried to stop the transfers, the bank claimed that Lori was the signatory, and the payment couldn't be stopped.
Now, nearly a year later, authorities want Lori and Daybell to come forward in the search for JJ and Tylee. FBI and Idaho law enforcement have served a search warrant on Friday at Daybell's home in Salem to collect forensic evidence.
Charles' son, meanwhile, is struggling to process a twisted investigation.
"I'm terrified for JJ. I’m terrified for Tylee," said the son. "I’m terrified for everyone surrounding them and their safety. I’m terrified for my family’s safety."