A Hawaii judge upheld Lori Vallow’s $5 million bond on Wednesday and the doomsday cult mom, whose two children haven’t been seen since September, waived her right to extradition and will be returned to Idaho to face charges.
Idaho authorities have charged Vallow with desertion and nonsupport of dependent children, resisting or obstructing officers, criminal solicitation to commit a crime, and contempt of court in regards to her children,17-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow, as CrimeOnline previously reported.
KSL reported that Vallow’s attorney argued for a lower bond, but Kaua’i Prosecuting Attorney Justin Kollar told the judge that “nothing has changed about this case since we last discussed bail several days ago” when he argued that Vallow is a flight risk.
Hawaii News Now reported that Vallow had intended to fight extradition but changed her mind when the judge refused to lower her bond.
Vallow and her husband Chad Daybell fled Idaho after police performed a welfare check at her home in Rexburg and discovered the two children were missing.
Relatives have claimed that Vallow and Daybell are involved in a so-called end-days cult that may account for a string of mysterious deaths and the disappearance of the two children.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, a probable cause affidavit for Vallow’s arrest shows that she told police JJ was at a friend’s home in Arizona and stalled putting police in contact with that friend. When authorities did eventually speak to the Arizona woman, she said JJ had not been to her home in months. She later called police and claimed that both Vallow and Daybell contacted her and asked her to lie to police about having JJ.
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[Featured image: Lori Vallow/Kaua’i Police Department]