SALEM, Idaho, April 14, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — Lifetime is set to premiere a made-for-TV movie about Chad and Lori Daybell this summer.
The movie, called “Doomsday Mom,” starring Lauren Lee Smith and Marc Blucas, with Linda Purl and Patrick Duffy, will be shown on June 26. The movie is part of a series called “Summer of Secrets.”
A press release from Lifetime says: “‘Doomsday Mom’ is based on the true story of Lori Daybell (Lauren Lee Smith), who gained national attention when her children, J.J. and Tylee, were reported missing from their Idaho home in the fall of 2019. As investigators learned of Lori and her husband Chad Daybell’s (Marc Blucas) involvement in a doomsday-prepper group, a trail of mystery was revealed spanning five states before the bodies of J.J. and Tylee were found in the backyard of Chad’s home in June 2020. Linda Purl and Patrick Duffy also star.”
The Daybells are charged with felonies related to the concealment, alteration and destruction of the bodies of 7-year-old Joshua “J.J.” Vallow and 16-year-old Tylee Ryan. In June, investigators found the bodies buried on Chad Daybell’s Salem property.
Authorities arrested Chad Daybell on June 9, 2020 in Fremont County after the remains of J.J. and Tylee were found buried in his backyard. J.J. was found wrapped tightly in plastic that had been taped. Tylee was found dismembered.
Chad Daybell has pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of conspiracy to commit destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence, and two felony counts of destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence.
Lori Daybell was arrested on Feb. 20, 2020, and jailed in Madison County. She has pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of conspiracy to commit destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence.
The Daybell trial is scheduled to begin on July 12. The trial is anticipated to last for several weeks. The trials were previously planned for the first part of 2021.