JJ Barrow died of suffocation with a plastic bag over his head, a pathologist said.
He testified at Lori Burrow’s Idaho trial that there were date rape drugs in JJ’s system.
Burrow’s uncle says he’s “barely getting it together” when he hears the details in court.
Boise, Idaho — Lori Vallow’s uncle told Insider that he could “barely do it” in court as gruesome details continue to emerge about how the woman’s two children died during the trial for his niece’s murder. We are putting together,” he said.
Outside the Ada County Courthouse on Wednesday, Rex Connor said it was emotional to learn the cause of death of his nephew and niece.
“I’m limited in what I can handle,” said Connor, who attended Burrow’s murder trial with his three daughters.
Varrow and her fifth husband, Chad Daybell, were accused in the fall of 2019 of conspiring in the murder of her two youngest children, Tyree Ryan and JJ Varrow, and Daybell’s wife of 28. A woman, Tammy Dabell, also died of suffocation, prosecutors said.
Vallow has been charged with murdering her fourth husband, Charles Vallow, in Arizona in the summer of 2019.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, witnesses shared chilling details of the children’s remains and what they say happened before their deaths.
JJ Burrow was killed with a plastic bag over his head
JJ Barrow, a 7-year-old Idaho boy who was allegedly murdered by his mother, had alcohol and a chemical known as a “date rape drug” in his body when he died, a forensic pathologist said Wednesday. testified.
Garth Warren, a coroner in Ada County, Idaho, revealed JJ’s cause of death to an Ada County jury for the first time.
“Suffocated with a plastic bag on the head and duct tape in the mouth,” Warren said on the stand.
Warren autopsied JJ on June 11, 2020, Two days after his body was found on Chad Daybell’s property in Salem, Idaho,Doomsday prepper and preacher who became Lori Burrow’s fifth husband in late 2019.
Warren said liver samples showed that JJ’s system contained “ethanol alcohol,” caffeine, theobromine (common in cocoa and tea), and gamma-hydroxybutyric acid. His GHB, a sedative, can treat epilepsy and is commonly called a “date rape drug” or “liquid ecstasy.”
Warren testified that GHB could appear naturally in the human system, and that examining the decomposed body could not determine if JJ was on drugs.
“We had no way of determining for sure if this was a naturally occurring product or if JJ was given GHB,” he said.
He didn’t say how the alcohol got into JJ’s system.
Warren also testified that he found scars on JJ’s neck that made him suspicious.
“That’s a red flag,” he said. “Was JJ trying to remove the bag from his head?”
Conner told Insider that he hoped JJ would die more gently from a sedative overdose before wrapping his head in plastic.
“It was really hard,” he said.
Warren said Tyree Ryan’s cause of death was “murder by unspecified means”. He testified that he could not.
A sample of skeletal muscle tissue showed that Tyree had ibuprofen, iron and carbon monoxide in his body. He said the small amount of carbon monoxide suggested she was dead before she caught fire.
On Thursday, FBI forensic anthropologist Anji Christensen testified that Tyree’s pelvic area was hacked and stabbed.
“The general location of these abrupt changes in the pelvic region is inconsistent with amputation,” Christensen said.
According to Christensen, in most amputation cases, the hacking and amputation is centered around the joint, and Tylee’s pelvic injuries don’t match what she’s seen in other amputation cases.
Previously, FBI Special Agent Steve Daniels testified about exhuming the bodies of JJ and Tyree behind the Dabell home in June 2020.
His testimony was accompanied by a gruesome image of JJ’s corpse wrapped in plastic in a grave near the pond. was also exhibited.
“From JJ’s corpse to Tyree’s melted, charred mass, it’s such a huge contrast for us as a team,” Daniels said.
According to Daniels, JJ was buried under a mound-mounted rock and plank of wood so there was no pothole in the ground after the body decayed.
He said he had never seen anyone in his 25-year career take so much care to hide illegal graves.
“Somebody did their best to bury these bodies,” he said.
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