PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Newly-filed court documents reveal details about a strange cult-like religion at the center of a case involving two missing children, who at one point lived in Chandler.

Tylee Ryan and Joshua Vallow disappeared last September, shortly after they and their mother, Lori Vallow, moved to Rexburg, Idaho, from Chandler.

Vallow then married a Rexburg-based author named Chad Daybell.

Court docs say Vallow believed children were zombies

Lori Vallow exits an Idaho state police plane in custody on March 5, 2020.

Both Vallow and Daybell were married to other people when they first met. But Lori Vallow's brother shot and killed her husband, Charles, in July. And Chad Daybell's wife died suddenly in her sleep in October. Both deaths remain under investigation.

Daybell gained a following because of his doomsday-themed novels. Some view him as a cult leader.

The new court documents were filed in a court case, which involves Melani Boudreaux, who is Vallow's niece. Boudreaux was recently divorced and followed Vallow to Idaho, but was involved in a child custody dispute with her former husband, Brandon Boudreaux.

The documents describe, in great detail, the religious views and teachings of Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow. They include zombies, demons, wizards, and sorcery.

One passage describes how Chad and Lori believed that Tylee and Joshua were "possessed and had become zombies," whose spirits had been caught in limbo.

The depiction of the religious views came from what appears to be a letter written by Melanie Boudreaux's new husband. In it, he expresses concerns that he had married into a "sinister" situation.

Vallow remains in jail in Rexburg, facing charges related to child abandonment, lying to police about the whereabouts of her children, and trying to induce a friend to do the same. On Tuesday, Vallow's attorneys once again made a request for Lori's bond to be reduced, citing "new facts have come to light."

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