VALLOW DAYBELL CASE

Doctor shows emotional jurors photos of children’s autopsies in Chad Daybell murder trial

May 8, 2024, 5:12 PM | Updated: May 9, 2024, 9:07 am

Dr. Garth Warren, Ada County forensic pathologist, testifies during Chad Daybell's murder trial in ...

Dr. Garth Warren, Ada County forensic pathologist, testifies during Chad Daybell's murder trial in Boise on Tuesday. Warren performed autopsies on JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan, whom Daybell is accused of killing. (Judge Steven W. Boyce via YouTube)

(Judge Steven W. Boyce via YouTube)

BOISE — In the Chad Daybell murder trial, Dr. Garth Warren spoke in detail about the autopsy of Joshua “JJ” Vallow and Tylee Ryan during his testimony Wednesday.

He went over multiple pictures of each autopsy, detailing what he was able to find in the photos. These photos were shown to the jury but not to members of the public in the courtroom.

Warren said 7-year-old JJ was suffocated by duct tape and bags that had been placed on his head. He said the photos showed duct tape around his ankles, taping his hands and arms together, and covering his mouth.

While the photos of JJ were shown, multiple jurors were crying and wiping their eyes.

Bruises were shown on JJ’s right arm, and there were “scratch-like abrasions” on his neck. Warren said these show he could have been trying to get the bag off of his head.

Chad Daybell was also watching the images of JJ on the screen and occasionally shook his head back and forth.

Tylee’s body was delivered in multiple bags, and Warren described photos of each bag. A brown paper bag contained multiple smaller brown paper bags with primarily charred bones and some pieces of flesh, he said.

Warren testified there were multiple organs and bones he was able to identify, despite them being broken and charred, including her heart and lungs.

Warren said he was able to obtain a sample to conduct a toxicology test on 16-year-old Tylee’s remains, and they found she had levels of ibuprofen and caffeine in her system but nothing in the report that would explain her death.

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